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 is meant by Brother?

2. How long is Lawrence in the presence of God?

3. Lawrence feels helpless without God. Can he achieve anything worthwhile on his own merit?

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

5. Despite his closeness with God, Lawrence expects future pain. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Brother Lawrence do after this first job?

2. When was Brother Lawrence born?

3. In what war does Brother Lawrence fight?

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

5. What does Lawrence say about one's love for God?

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

7. Where does Brother Lawrence first work?

8. When does Lawrence die?

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

10. What does Brother Lawrence do after his conversion experience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lawrence moves to a monastery after his conversion.

Part 1) When does his conversion take place? Why does it take place? How does it permanently affect him?

Part 2) Why does he decide to move to a monastery? How does this life suit him? Why?

Part 3) Would Brother Lawrence have been able to practice his religious exercises and beliefs outside the monastery? Why or why not?

Part 4) Is a religious institution the best place for those who want to be close to God? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One must trust in God in times of trial.

Part 1) Why is this important? Why does Lawrence remind the recipient of his letter about this?

Part 2) How can this help someone in a difficult situation? How does this play into the reason why God allows suffering, according to Lawrence?

Part 3) Is it more difficult to trust God in good times or bad? Why?

Essay Topic 3

God always answers.

Part 1) How is Lawrence so confident about this? How do his other beliefs support this belief?

Part 2) What is important to remember about this idea that God always answers? What is difficult about this statement?

Part 3) How does this statement encourage the recipients of Lawrence's letters, the readers of this book, and Lawrence himself?

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