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. What does Foster write is the discipline that God desires for all of his people?

2. How many examples does Foster provide of celebration?

3. According to the author, what must happen in order for a person to have healthy relationships?

4. Who came to serve rather than to be served, according to Christian doctrine?

5. Foster states that what requires surrender of our will?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is an example of a false or empty celebration?

2. What is "the dark night of the soul"?

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

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

5. What is your definition of "spiritual direction"?

6. What are the guidelines Foster offers for receiving a confession?

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

8. What is the difference between sorrow and feeling sorry, based on Christian beliefs?

9. How does Foster describe the service of guarding the reputation of others?

10. What are the benefits to worshiping in a group as opposed to worshiping alone, according to "The Discipline of Worship"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What do you think is the main theme of Foster's book? Identify at least three instances in "Celebration of Discipline" that communicate this theme.

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