Less Is More: The Art of Voluntary Poverty: An Anthology of Ancient and... Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Goldian VandenBroeck
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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. ___________ writes in the second century BC that supreme happiness comes from contentment, according to the book.

2. Gandhi calls the process of getting rid of what he owned a removal of a _________ from his shoulders, according to the book.

3. William _______ is paraphrased when it is said that man is rich in virtues when he wants to use what he has in a holy manner.

4. Plutarch is happy that his only ________ is lost at sea because he will be able to live the life of a philosopher.

5. An austere existence opens the path to growth in _________ and in love, according to the book's contents in this section.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the power that is said to be intrinsic in the world able to do within society?

2. What is the societal status of St. Francis of Assisi before he begins his work as a monk?

3. How can the hunger for the mostly empty goals in society and in life be thwarted, according to the book?

4. What is the question that arises from the story of the man on the boat, according to Ruskin?

5. What does James say that society does when it sees a person who is poor and downtrodden?

6. What happens to Plutarch, but it allows him to live a life of a philosopher?

7. What does Horace Gregory describe money as being, according to his section in the book?

8. What does Gandhi say is the only true way for mankind to have equality in the world?

9. What does Mildred Binns Young's thesis state about the rich in this section of the book?

10. What does Dorothy Day explain the difference between when she contributes to the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of poverty is one that can scare people as well as make them curious to find out more.

Part 1: How do you define what is poverty and what is not poverty?

Part 2: What do you think happens in order to make a person a part of the poorer society?

Part 3: Why do you think poverty is often looked at as a negative thing?

Essay Topic 2

Gandhi believed that in order to best serve mankind, he needed to get rid of all of his possessions.

Part 1: Why do you think getting rid of one's possessions can help one serve mankind?

Part 2: Do you think you could be more helpful to mankind without possessions?

Part 3: How do you think a person could serve mankind and still have possessions?

Essay Topic 3

Man is destroying himself when he focuses all of his attention on money, according to the book.

Part 1: In what ways does man suffer when he is focused completely on money?

Part 2: Do you think that man needs to destroy himself when he has money?

Part 3: How do you think money can be used to create instead of to destroy?

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