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. The author begins to pray without what?

2. According to Christian beliefs, what is fasting truly supposed to be about?

3. Why does fasting seem to be a desirable goal in the secular world, according to The Discipline of Fasting?

4. What law in the Bible applies to fasting?

5. What is the first of the disciplines?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What must a person do to meditate effectively, according to Christian belief?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the symbolism of the towel Foster uses in his chapter on the discipline of service. What does the towel symbolize? How can it help readers better follow the spiritual discipline of service?

Essay Topic 3

Foster uses a narrative point of view throughout his entire book. Why do you think he chooses to write this way? What are the pros and cons of using this point of view in this particular situation?

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