Celebration of Discipline Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Richard Foster (religion)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the definition of an "absolute fast"?
(a) No lunch.
(b) No meats.
(c) Only water.
(d) Going without solid food, liquids, and water.

2. Foster writes that we should offer prayers to God for requests, as well as what?
(a) Acknowledgment.
(b) Prayers for healing.
(c) Supplication.
(d) Thanksgiving.

3. What law in the Bible applies to fasting?
(a) None.
(b) Leviticus.
(c) Exodus.
(d) Genesis.

4. According to Christian beliefs, what is fasting truly supposed to be about?
(a) Removing what controls a person's spirit.
(b) The Body of Christ.
(c) The self.
(d) The Bible.

5. Foster writes that Eastern meditation hopes to do what to the mind?
(a) Empty it.
(b) Get rid of it.
(c) Transform it.
(d) Fill it up with knowledge.

6. What sorts of addictions does Foster refer to in the chapter about simplicity?
(a) Alcohol.
(b) Drugs.
(c) Pornography.
(d) Food, drink, and anything that controls our time.

7. According to The Discipline of Simplicity, what is simplicity dependent upon?
(a) Our prayers.
(b) Others.
(c) Inner focus.
(d) Ourselves.

8. What is the purpose of modern fasting?
(a) To connect with God.
(b) For political or power-driven purposes.
(c) Spiritual growth.
(d) To grow in communion with Jesus.

9. What does the author say becomes an ingrained habit?
(a) Sin.
(b) Being lazy.
(c) Eating.
(d) Talking.

10. Does the author state that prayer needs to be a complicated process?
(a) It is unclear.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Sometimes.

11. According to The Discipline of Study, what is the goal of all the disciplines?
(a) To be more like Jesus.
(b) To love God more and more.
(c) To transform the total person.
(d) To be a better person.

12. Who of the following was an influence on the author's writing?
(a) St. Francis of Assisi.
(b) Pope John Paul II.
(c) His mother.
(d) His son.

13. What is the name of the church where the author is pastor?
(a) Newburg Friends Church.
(b) Church of the Holy Cross.
(c) First Friends Church.
(d) Quaker Memorial Church.

14. During fasting, the close bond between fasting and what becomes clear, according to Foster?
(a) Prayer.
(b) Service.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Guidance.

15. What is an example of verbal study?
(a) Conversation.
(b) Lectures.
(c) Labs.
(d) Natural observation.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Discipline of Meditation says that meditation differs from the scriptures in what way?

2. The author begins to pray without what?

3. What did Doris Boyce help the author do?

4. What is a natural part of life, according to Christian belief?

5. According to Foster, how does study benefit meditation?

(see the answer keys)

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