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. When happens to teach Miller that men must purposely take responsibility?

2. When Miller observes the girl breaking up with several boys, what is he doing?

3. Initially, Miller assumes that work is God's punishment of people. Why?

4. What kinds of decisions should young men make, according to Miller?

5. What does Miller believe that men possess?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 8, Miller states that young men without fathers as role models are more likely to experience negative consequences in life. What evidence does Miller provide to support this statement?

2. As an adult, Miller often found himself having difficulty fitting in with the men in his church and life, particularly in his Bible study class. What did he think the problem was?

3. In Chapter 7, Manhood, Miller attends a Promise Keepers rally and then joins the organization. However, he struggles with this membership. Why did he join and what were his struggles?

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

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

6. In Chapter 7, Miller states that his definition of manhood changed over time. How did it change?

7. According to Miller and MacMurray, how does sin start?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this memoir, Miller uses stories from his life to share his journey to adulthood with the reader. What was the original message or theme of this book? As you read the final chapter, how has the original focus and message changed? Who was his intended audience? Has this changed by the end of the book? Support your rationale with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 6, Miller specifically addresses authority and love. He uses authority in a very positive manner. He goes so far in Chapter 5 and in Chapter 6 to suggest that submission to authority is crucial to one's faith journey and for men raised without fathers. How do you define authority? Do you agree with Miller's assertion that authority is positive and one should submit to it in order to understand father-son love or to complete your faith journey?

Essay Topic 3

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. .

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