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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 Teresa prescribe instead of memorized prayers?

2. What l transition does Teresa say should happen at Dwelling Three?

3. How does she refer to God?

4. Where is the Carmelite Convent of St. Joseph's

5. When is it good for the rich to desire more wealth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Teresa's view of the company she should keep.

2. How does Teresa say a seeker will know if she is truly humble?

3. What does Teresa prescribe as a means of passing any test of her faith and devotion?

4. How does Teresa describe the Prayer of Union?

5. How does Teresa describe establishing and maintaining intimacy with God?

6. How does Teresa define spiritual consolations?

7. What is Teresa's feeling after leaving the Prayer of Union?

8. In what way does Teresa say a sister can insure her devotion to God?

9. What caution does Teresa offer about imagining one has gifts from God that have not actually been bestowed?

10. What does Teresa have to say about inept spiritual advisers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the value of holding onto convictions. In this essay you are not speaking exclusively about religious convictions. Define what happens to a person who behaves in a contradictory way to any values he or she holds to be right. These values may be ethical, political, or religious.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the concept of the difficulty of living a Christian life. In the essay mention opposites such as humility versus arrogance. State your opinions on how the positive principles in Christian living make for better personal characteristics.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the pleasures of the world that are in conflict with the Christian ideal of drawing closer to God. In your essay detail pleasures that may be enjoyable at the moment but later bring no satisfaction to one's life.

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