Celebration of Discipline Test | Final 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 statements in The Discipline of Silence, most people seem to see solitude as something that is what?

2. According to Foster, what is meant to be part of a daily routine?

3. Who originally described the dark night of the soul?

4. According to Foster, who can someone look to as an example of someone who bears others' burdens?

5. What was Jesus giving the disciples a chance to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Foster's definition of "self-righteous service"?

2. How are celebration, joy, and strength related, according to Foster?

3. Why do you think Foster writes that the community gives a "gift" when they pray together?

4. According to Christian belief, why is the discipline of submission the least desirable to pursue?

5. Why might it be difficult for someone to explain the benefits of being alone, as Foster explains it?

6. According to Foster, what are the two sides of a confession? Which does Foster say is more important than the other?

7. What do you think it means when Foster says true worship is when "spirit touches spirit"?

8. Foster states that which of the spiritual disciplines is the most abused? Why?

9. What is the difference between being alone and solitude, according to Foster?

10. Do you think it is easy to make God the object of worship? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the disciplines of meditation and prayer. How are they different? How are they the same?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How is the discipline of guidance explored and conveyed in Foster's work? Why do you think Foster wrote about it in this way? Do you think it is different from the other disciplines in any particular way?

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