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Straight Talk to Men -- Timeless Principles for Leading Your Family
by Dr. James Dobson © 1991 (Multnomah Publishers: Sisters, OR)
[Answer 14 of 20 questions correctly to receive 10 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Chapter One: A Man Looks Back (p. 8-28)
1. During his 7-year period of reevaluation, Dr. Dobson’s first conclusion was reached after coming face-to-face with the ______ of life.
a. futility.
b. brevity.
c. despair.
d. goodness.

2. According to a sociological study entitled
“Rich Kids”, individuals who inherited large trust funds
a. developed a strong work ethic.
b. made generous charitable contributions.
c. lived shameful and wasteful lives.
d. multiplied their wealth.

Chapter Two: A Man and His Sexual Identity (p. 29-45)

3. Dr. Charles Winick at City University of New York studied more than 2,000 cultures that have existed in world history. He found only 55 where masculinity and femininity were blurred. Of these unisexual societies, _____ survived for more than a few years.
a. 37
b. 21
c. 9
d. 0

4. According to sociologist George Gilder in his book
Sexual Suicide, an increase in our society of _______ will produce an increase in violent crime, rape, burglary, drunk driving, suicide, and offenses against families and children.
a. single men
b. poverty
c. unemployment
d. depression

Chapter Four: The Revelation (p. 55-60)

5. God told the author that he was going to
a. be persecuted greatly for his outspoken faith in Christ.
b. serve on a Presidential Commission studying the harmful effects of pornography.
c. write a book for husbands and fathers based on the life of his dad.
d. start a radio ministry that would have a world-wide influence.

Chapter Six: A Man and His Children (p.68-84)

6. An article entitled
“The Origins of Alienation”, Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner, in discussing the deteriorating status of the American family, identified ______ as one of the forces which are weakening its cohesiveness.
a. alcohol
b. the rat race
c. television
d. adultery

Chapter Seven: A Man and His Ultimate Priority (p. 85-93)

7. What prompted the author to fast and pray for his two children every week?
a. the rising incidence of promiscuity in our society
b. a tragic accident
c. the death of his grandfather
d. a letter from his father

Chapter Eight: A Man and His Authority (p. 94-108)

8. The objectives of The Children’s Rights Movement (CRM) are outlined in a Child’s Bill of Rights, which promotes
a. children living wherever they want
b. children engaging in sexual activity
c. children dropping out of school
d. all of the above

Chapter Nine: Questions Pertaining to Children (p. 109-129)

9. To parents who failed their children or regret the mistakes they made, the author offers this advice:
a. Write a letter of sincere apology to your children asking forgiveness for specific wrong-doings.
b. Stop whining. Every parent makes lots of mistakes. That’s just the way it is.
c. Ask God to make up for your mistakes. He does not want you to suffer guilt over events you can no longer control.
d. Keep a journal of your mistakes so you will be less likely to repeat them.

10. If a boy’s parent dies, the boy should
a. be encouraged to cry.
b. be permitted to see his parent’s body.
c. not be told the parent has gone away on a long trip.
d. all of the above

Chapter Ten: A Man and His Wife (p. 132-152)

11. The most common way a depressed wife copes with marital frustration is through
a. divorce
b. adultery
c. alcohol
d. anger

12. In his advice to wives, Dr. Dobson tells them to
a. only try to change their husbands one flaw at a time.
b. view their husbands in light of their many good qualities instead of concentrating on their flaws.
c. devote their energies to other ministries if they are unsuccessful in changing their husbands.
d. get a job outside the home to cope with the monotonous routine of their lives.

13. Dr. Dobson believes that the true source of emotionally starved wives is
a. husbands who are excessively committed to their jobs.
b. husbands who are domineering and controlling.
c. the stresses and demands of parenting.
d. a severe decrease in the number of women friends.

Chapter Eleven: A Man and the Straight Life (p. 153-165)

14. For every married couple, the author suggests which solution for reducing the possibility of adultery?
a. Every couple should reserve time specifically for pleasure and sexual activity.
b. Every couple should keep the romantic fires burning.
c. Every couple should build each other’s self-esteem.
d. all of the above

Chapter Twelve: A Man and His Work (p. 168-180)

15. The number one marriage killer is
a. alcohol
b. financial pressures
c. overcommitment
c. immorality

Chapter Fourteen: A Man and a Woman and Their Biological Differences (p. 192-200)

16. The relationship between a husband and a wife is most likely to be at its best during the ____ week of the wife’s menstrual cycle when her estrogen level is the highest and she experiences maximum energy, enthusiasm, amiability, self-esteem, and sexual desire.
a. first
b. second
c. third
d. fourth

Chapter Fifteen: Whatever Happened to the Women’s Liberation Movement? (p. 201-205)

17. In her
Newsweek magazine article entitled “The Failure of Feminism”, the former feminist Kay Ebeling makes which of the following assertions?
a. Feminism made women disposable. A husband can go out and get a more petite woman if, after childbirth, his wife’s waist doesn’t return to 20 inches.
b. A woman cannot live the true feminist life unless she denies her childbearing biology.
c. Women don’t belong in 12-hour-a-day executive office positions. As long as that biology is there, women cannot compete equally with men. Women and men are not equal, we’re different.
d. all of the above

Chapter Sixteen: A Man and His Midlife Years (p. 208-217)

18. Dr. Dobson believes the fundamental cause of a midlife crisis is a man being too influenced by worldly values. This explains his observation that most men in the throes of a midlife crisis are long-term
a. workaholics.
b. adulterers.
c. materialists.
d. hedonists.

Chapter Seventeen: A Man and His Emotions (p. 218-226)

19. Too many people make decisions based upon their feelings instead of rational judgment. This can be reversed by promoting
a. the reality of suffering.
b. a return to stoicism.
c. an emotional healing through catharsis.
d. an avoidance of suffering.

Chapter Twenty: A Man and His Death (p. 243-249)

20. Dr. Dobson asked his father what epitaph he wanted at the end of his life. His father replied:
a. “Loving husband and father.”
b. “Good and faithful servant.”
c. “He prayed.”
d. “Minister of the Gospel.”