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. When are this religious man's works published?

2. Who records his own conversations?

3. To achieve God's presence and true joy, a man must do what?

4. Once he grasps the love of God, in what does Lawrence find pleasure?

5. Lawrence describes a period where what overwhelmed him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Brother Lawrence receive an education?

4. How does Brother Lawrence end up with chronic pain?

5. In what war does Brother Lawrence fight?

6. Why does Lawrence enter the monastery?

7. What does Lawrence say about misery?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lawrence views God as a judge.

Part 1) Why does he view God as a judge? How does Lawrence view himself? Why does he view himself in this way?

Part 2) As what kind of judge does Lawrence see God? Why? What does this mean for Lawrence's relationship with God?

Part 3) How does Lawrence's view of God as a judge compare to one's view of a human judge?

Part 4) How else does Lawrence view God? How does this create an overall picture for the reader of God?

Essay Topic 3

Lawrence depends upon God.

Part 1) How does Lawrence depend upon God? Why does he depend upon God? How does this dependency influence his beliefs about how one should think and act?

Part 2) How does the dependency affect decisions Lawrence makes in his life? Does this dependency improve his life? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this dependence on God affect his relationships with others? Is this dependence good for building relationships? Why or why not?

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