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. According to Miller, why does he neglect his homework?

2. What do problems in a person's attitude toward work signal?

3. In Chapter 10, the men who listen to Miller present his talk question ________________?

4. What organization did Miller join in order to develop his idea of manhood?

5. MacMurray criticizes which parts of Miller's work ethic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Miller assumes that humans have to work because God is punishing the sinful nature of humanity. MacMurray disagrees. How does MacMurray explain humanity's need to work?

2. In Chapter 9, Girls, Miller asserts that growing up without a father has left him poorly prepared to be in a relationship. Why is this surprising?

3. In Chapter 11, Miller uses an example from a movie about a woman who does not return proper change for a purchase. This story illustrates an unusual way to describe sin. What is this?

4. In Chapter 9, why does Miller say that he dated?

5. What strategies does Miller recommend for learning to make wise decisions?

6. MacMurray is a successful photographer, gets up early, and makes long trips to get good shots that often fail. How does he explain his success to Miller?

7. Chapter 11 is short and Miller learns some very valuable life lessons. What is different about this chapter?

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

9. In Chapter 10, Miller makes a presentation to a fraternity on the topic of sex. What do these men suggest the consequences are for young men who decide to "live a moral high ground"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 5, Miller presents the idea that God acts as a perfect father. Identify the characteristics of a perfect father. Do you believe that there is such a thing as a perfect father? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 13, Education, Miller equates reading with passion and learning and success. Give examples from this chapter and discuss this connection. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Decision making is an important task of manhood according to Miller. Many young men raised without fathers are poorly prepared for this responsibility. Miller suggests that a father's presence is crucial to the development of decision-making skills. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your decision.

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