The Practice of the Presence of God Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Brother Lawrence
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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 he receive during this war?

2. How does he feel about his life here?

3. Where did he receive an education?

4. His practice for achieving his daily walk is to do what?

5. Why must one discipline one's thinking at all times?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lawrence think of God? How does he show that he feels this way about Him?

2. When was Brother Lawrence born?

3. What does Beaufort remember about Lawrence?

4. How does one achieve the presence of God in sanctity?

5. What does Lawrence have to say about faith?

6. When does the first conversation take place? How is Lawrence converted?

7. How does Lawrence feel he enters God's presence? What happens after he enters God's presence?

8. What must one do the maintain the presence of God?

9. In what war does Brother Lawrence fight?

10. What are some of the steps to spiritual fulfillment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One must have a disciplined mind.

Part 1) What does Lawrence mean by a disciplined mind? Why is this necessary?

Part 2) How can one go about disciplining one's mind, according to Lawrence? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other ways, not mentioned by Lawrence, that you could discipline your mind in a way that is in accordance with Lawrence's beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

Lawrence writes an ill friend several letters.

Part 1) Describe these letters. What advice does he give in each letter?

Part 2) Why is this advice repeated throughout each letter? What does this say about the advice? What does it say about the ill friend?

Part 3) How does this advice relate to Lawrence's beliefs and the theme of this book, the importance of the presence of God?

Part 4) Do you believe this advice is helpful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Metaphors and personification can be found in this book.

Part 1) What metaphors exist in this book? Why do they exist? What is personified in this book? Why?

Part 2) How do these reinforce Lawrence's beliefs? Do they enhance the book or Lawrence's beliefs? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are they relevant for today's readers? Why or why not? Are these metaphors and examples of personification necessary? Why or why not?

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