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Richard Foster (religion)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the definition of fasting in the Bible?
(a) No water whatsoever.
(b) Only breakfast and dinner, no lunch.
(c) Doing without all solid and liquid foods.
(d) No meat.

2. According to Christian belief, what does Christian meditation hope to do to the mind?
(a) Take it out of the person.
(b) Void it of thought.
(c) Fill it.
(d) Elevate it.

3. What is a natural part of life, according to Christian belief?
(a) Loss.
(b) Death.
(c) Sin.
(d) Grief.

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

5. What is the author's relationship with Ken and Doris Boyce?
(a) They are his sister and brother-in-law.
(b) They are his children.
(c) They are his biological parents.
(d) They are the author's longtime friends and surrogate parents.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the definition of an "absolute fast"?

2. What sort of simplicity is the author referring to?

3. What does Foster say is the focus during Christian meditation?

4. What happens to the cravings for unhealthy and unnecessary items when one is fasting?

5. What sorts of addictions does Foster refer to in the chapter about simplicity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on what Foster writes, how is meditation different from reading the scriptures?

2. Who is Richard Foster? Why did he decide to write this book?

3. What happens when people truly pray, according to Foster?

4. What is the first principle suggested by Foster to live a simpler life?

5. How does the author describe sin?

6. Explain the differences between verbal and nonverbal study.

7. Christian belief states that the most important prayers must focus on what?

8. What two characteristics does fasting need to be, according to Foster?

9. What does it mean to the author to "live simply"?

10. What are the three inner attitudes of simplicity, as stated in Christian doctrine?

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