To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father Test | Final Test - Hard

Don Miller (author)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Miller's belief that he did not learn much about girls seems odd for a man who was raised in what kind of environment?

2. Miller uses the story of a girl who met and broke up with several boys in one morning to illustrate his points about girls. How many boys did this girl talk to in this story?

3. What does Miller promote to encourage young men to practice good morals?

4. In Chapter 7, why is Miller unsuccessful in his new organization?

5. Which of the following does not help Miller make successful and wise decisions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event changes Miller's attitude about his ability to be a good student in high school?

2. In Chapter 12, work is defined as honorable and spiritual. What does this mean?

3. Many people, including the famous Dr. Alfred Kinsey, have researched sex. What have we learned from these sex researchers?

4. Miller stresses the importance of making wise decisions in Chapter 8. He believes young men without fathers need to be intentional about learning to make decisions. How does he recommend they do this and why?

5. In Chapter 11, what does the author tell us that he believes about college?

6. Miller learns to play chess from a friend. He also tells a story about a man, Salome Thomas-El teaching boys from a ghetto to play chess. He sees a connection between playing chess and life for young men raised without fathers. What is this connection?

7. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller tells the story of a young woman in a coffee shop. Why does he tell this story?

8. In Chapter 13, the author describes his struggle with his self-esteem as a child. How does this affect his school performance?

9. In Chapter 12, Miller examines work ethic with several stories. What are characteristics of a good work ethic according to Miller?

10. According to Miller, what does saying no to sex have in common with protecting the value of the American dollar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 2, Our Problem, Miller provides two stories about animals. What are these stories and what do the animals symbolize for Miller? Do you agree with these beliefs in these stories? Are the animals accurate representations of the points Miller is trying to make? Why or Why not? Support your answer with specific evidence from the book. .

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 11, the author addresses integrity. He does not define integrity. Instead, he gives examples of integrity and provides stories about how he learned about integrity. Define integrity as Miller uses it in the context of this book. Compare and contrast Miller's concept of integrity with your understanding of integrity. How are they similar? Different? What is missing, if anything, in Miller's definition? What would you add or change about his definition? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Miller's writes this memoir about his life as a child raised without a father and the impact this had on his life. However, the role the rest of his family plays in his life is minimally addressed in this book. He refers occasionally to other family members. What do you know about his family when you finish this book? Who does he identify? How does he describe them? What do you believe Miller wants you to believe about his family members? What do you know about his relationship with the family that he does discuss? What techniques does he use to present his family to the reader? Do these techniques work? What do you wish you knew about his family? How would knowing this effect your reaction to this book?

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