Celebration of Discipline Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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. According to Foster, what does being simple like God mean?
(a) Spending and acquiring less.
(b) Praying often.
(c) Confessing everything.
(d) Having very few clothes.

2. Foster says that true prayer requires what of us?
(a) Friends.
(b) To let go of our own will.
(c) Love for God.
(d) Knowledge.

3. How many categories of spiritual disciplines are there?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Ten.

4. What served as a guide for prayer for the author?
(a) St. Francis of Assisi.
(b) His parents.
(c) His heart.
(d) The Bible.

5. What is the author's goal through this book?
(a) To share his own experiences.
(b) To help nonbelievers.
(c) To guide people closer to God and remove barriers to spiritual growth.
(d) To answer a prayer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Foster writes that Eastern meditation hopes to do what to the mind?

2. During fasting, the close bond between fasting and what becomes clear, according to Foster?

3. From the start, fasting needs to be what, according to Foster?

4. In The Door to Liberations, how are ingrained habits conquered?

5. What does the author say makes it difficult for a person to explore the spiritual life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to "The Discipline of Study," what are the four steps to study?

3. Who are the spiritual disciplines meant for, according to Foster?

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

5. According to "Door to LIberations," what are the two types of difficulties a person will face when practicing the spiritual disciplines?

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

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

8. What does Foster say will happen if the disciplines become law-like?

9. How is fasting addressed in the Bible?

10. What elements does a person need to consider in order to prepare for meditation, according to "The Discipline of Meditation"?

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