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Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Flower Insights" who holds a flower before the monks?
(a) H.H. the Dalai Lama.
(b) Mahakashyapa.
(c) The book's author.
(d) Buddha.

2. What body position does Hanh recommend for meditation?
(a) Lying parallel to the Earth.
(b) Sitting cross-legged on a cushion.
(c) Sitting on the ground facing the sun.
(d) Sitting upright in a chair.

3. Why is Hanh received enthusiastically in the West?
(a) His belief in isolationism.
(b) His continued efforts to bring peace to Vietnam.
(c) His ablility to walk calmly with peace and awareness.
(d) His personal realtionships with influential leaders.

4. What are the fundamental basics of peace?
(a) Money, food, and shelter.
(b) Health, religion, and altruism.
(c) Love, compassion, and altruism.
(d) Health, wealth, and empathy.

5. What two conscious actions should precede taking a bite of food?
(a) Sitting down, then closing one's eyes.
(b) Pausing, then smelling the food's aroma.
(c) Breathing and smiling.
(d) Saying grace and smiling.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the foreword, what is the only way to bring about world peace?

2. What does Hanh compare to windows?

3. What must one do before answering the telephone?

4. At the time of this book's printing, how many square miles of forestland had been destroyed by acid rain, partly because of cars?

5. What benefits can be found only in oneself?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Hanh, humankind is a product of the environment. In order to avoid confusion and loneliness, what must one do? Why is it difficult for humankind to follow Hanh's advice?

2. What Christian belief does Hanh refute in his article "Hope as an Obstacle"? Why is it important that Hanh included a Christian belief in his book?

3. What counting analogy could be compared to Hanh's breathing mindfully when one feels anger rising?

4. What is the Buddhist concept of "interbeing?" Hanh gives an example of interbeing by stating that poverty cannot exist without wealth. Give at least two other similar examples.

5. Describe the ritual of having a mindful family dinner.

6. What effect does conscious breathing have on a hug? Why?

7. According to Hanh, what is an inappropriate use for meditation? What harm might be possible from using it inappropriately?

8. What are the bells of mindfulness? What everyday sounds might be used as bells? List additional bells that are not mentioned in the book that could be used.

9. What is the year and place of Hanh's birth? What are two of Hanh's earliest connections to the Buddhist faith?

10. When is Hanh's second visit to the United States? What is the purpose of this visit? What do his visits to the United States indicate about his own commitment to world peace?

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