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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. Many still believe that happiness is defined by ___________, though the author says this is not the case.

2. A person can not control __________ or war, according to the author and be brings this up at several times.

3. The author believes that flow may have a ___________ component, coming from the parents to the children.

4. The author believes it is easy to differentiate between ____________ and enjoyment, though the two are closely related.

5. In our everyday lives, we are limited to experiencing complete _________ because of our preconceived notions about life.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author not think it is possible to expand the consciousness indefinitely?

2. What is consciousness, according to the author, causing it to seem less like a mystical thing?

3. What is the question that the book says psychologists and philosophers are no closer to finding the answer to?

4. What is a person able to do as a result of having a consciousness, according to the author?

5. Since it is not necessarily the events in one's life that cause happiness, what does the author propose causes the happiness around events?

6. What are the conditions in which flow can be experienced, according to the author at the start of the chapter?

7. Why does the author believe that we are limited in experiencing complete joy?

8. What can the idea of flow teach a person to do in relation to his life and happiness?

9. What happens to the self during experience, according to the author?

10. What does the author want people to realize about the idea of challenges?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author says there are some people who are internally driven to find flow in their lives.

Part 1: Why do you think only some people are driven naturally to find flow?

Part 2: How do you think a person could become driven to find flow in their lives?

Part 3: Do you feel you are a person who is naturally driven to find flow in your life?

Essay Topic 2

The conflict of self and outside events can cause psychic entropy, according to the author.

Part 1: Can you come up with an example of how outside events can cause troubles in the mind?

Part 2: Why do you think the self can't always reconcile events that take place outside of itself?

Part 3: Do you believe the self and outside events need to always be congruent? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author presents the idea that flow can be something which may be planned or something which may be spontaneous.

Part 1: Do you agree that flow can be spontaneous or planned? Why?

Part 2: How do you think the flow can be planned? Doesn't that seem to contradict the idea of something flowing?

Part 3: Why do you think that flow is easy to capture in both manners according to the author?

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