Celebration of Discipline Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Foster (religion)
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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. According to Christian belief, what is the most important thing to focus on?

2. Who of the following was an influence on the author's writing?

3. According to The Discipline of Meditation, what does meditation begin with?

4. What helps the mind to become more centered and increases the ability to learn more, as stated in Foster's book?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Bill Cathers play in the Introduction?

2. What is the discipline of study focused on, according to Foster?

3. Why is inner focus important to the discipline of simplicity, according to Foster?

4. When the author says we should pray like children, what does he mean?

5. Foster writes that the main difference between Christian and Eastern forms of meditation is what?

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

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

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

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

10. Based on Christian belief, how are studying and meditation different?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the chapter entitled "The Discipline of Celebration" evoke a climatic feeling? Why do you think Foster may have included this chapter near the end instead of the beginning?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think the loss of his parents at a relatively early age may have had an impact on Foster? If so, how do you think it would have affected his profession and the content he included in his book?

Essay Topic 3

How is simplicity explored and conveyed in Foster's work? Why do you think Foster wrote about it in this way?

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