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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. What is the origin of a smile?
(a) A loving heart.
(b) An awakened mind.
(c) Contentment.
(d) A peaceful heart.

2. Who smiles at the flower?
(a) Mahakashyapa.
(b) Buddha.
(c) H.H. the Dalai Lama.
(d) Another monk.

3. Who is Thomas Merton?
(a) A Tibetan monk.
(b) A social advocate.
(c) A world leader.
(d) A Catholic monk.

4. What is often forgotten when one approaches life with a constant goal in mind?
(a) Compassion.
(b) Mindful living.
(c) Important relationships.
(d) Empathy.

5. Which techniques can help individuals heal themselves emotionally and psychologically?
(a) Conscious breathing and mindful living.
(b) Conscious living and breathing.
(c) Conscious breathing and meditating.
(d) Meditating and mindful living.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Hanh's presence still felt in Vietnam?

2. What invitation does the author give to the reader at the end of the first section?

3. Which mantra during conscious breathing relaxes the body?

4. What is the goal of meditation?

5. What happens when one stops seeking benefits from life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hanh show his true Buddhist nature in "Telephone Meditation"?

2. How is Hanh's image as a forward thinker strengthened in "Driving Meditation"? How does his image affect his peers? What theme from the book is extended through the anecdote?

3. In "Like a Leaf, We Have Many Stems", what analogy is made between the leaf's stem and humankind?

4. Explain the process of conscious breathing. What is its purpose?

5. Hanh resurrects the concept of interbeing in "Healing the Wounds of War". What role does interbeing play in a veteran's life? Why?

6. According to Hanh, why does Jesus ask His disciples to eat the bread during the Eucharist? How does this request help the disciples to live in the present?

7. In "The Sun is My Heart", Hanh intertwines interbeing with the universe. Explain the title's metaphor.

8. How does the term departmentalization apply to most people's attitude towards meditation? Why is the attitude incorrect? How can society benefit by an attitude adjustment?

9. What theme is expressed in "Look into Your Hand"? Following the theme's message, why should one never feel lonely?

10. 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?

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