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. Does he suffer during this war?

2. How does he feel about his life here?

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

4. Finally, Lawrence realizes that ____________, not need for redemption, drives his actions.

5. The first conversation occurs on what date?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Lawrence die?

2. When does Beaufort begin visiting Lawrence? What does he think of Lawrence?

3. Who is Joseph de Beaufort? When are Lawrence's works published?

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

5. What does Lawrence have to say about faith?

6. Why does Lawrence depend upon God?

7. Where does Brother Lawrence first work?

8. What must one do to realize counsel from God?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lawrence foretells his own death.

Part 1) When does he foretell his own death? How is he able to do this?

Part 2) How is his last letter the same as or different from his previous letters? Why?

Part 3) What are the last words of advice given by Lawrence? Why are these words of advice important to Lawrence?

Part 4) How can this last letter sum of Lawrence's life?

Essay Topic 2

One must strive for the presence of God.

Part 1) What is meant by the presence of God? Is this the same for everyone? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does one strive for the presence of God? How is this connected to one's journey to spiritual fulfillment?

Part 3) How is this theme throughout this book? Why is this so important to Lawrence? How does this theme affect Lawrence? How might it affect Beaufort and others who read Lawrence's works?

Essay Topic 3

One should live only for God.

Part 1) Why should one live only for God? How can one live only for God?

Part 2) How are Lawrence's feelings of dependency connected to the belief that one should live only for God?

Part 3) How might this attitude affect one's life? Would your life be the same if you adopted this belief? Why or why not?

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