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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. According to Hanh, what can break the "cycle of transmission"?
(a) Intense therapy.
(b) Buddhism.
(c) Wisdom of our elders.
(d) Mindful living.

2. What does Hanh consider to be one's "second heart"?
(a) The sun.
(b) One's mother.
(c) The universe.
(d) One's child.

3. What becomes of a beautiful cut rose after it dies?
(a) It is remembered for its fragrance.
(b) It becomes garbage.
(c) It is forgotten.
(d) It is revived when placed in sunlight.

4. What do large family units provide?
(a) Acceptance of the elderly.
(b) Less stressful environment for working parents.
(c) Safety for children of suffering parents.
(d) Childcare while parents work.

5. What is Hanh's definition of compassion?
(a) Offering to help in another's suffering.
(b) The ability to remove suffering from another person.
(c) Feeling the intensity of another's suffering.
(d) Understanding why another is suffering.

Short Answer Questions

1. What groups comprise large family units, which for the most part, have now disbanded?

2. What should one do as angry feelings subside?

3. How can one find peace and love when feeling angry?

4. What are the fruits of meditation?

5. In Hanh's analogy of viruses and antibodies, what role(s) do the negative seeds play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lesson does Hanh teach the reader in "Mindfulness Must be Engaged"?

2. How is Hanh's Buddhist faith reintroduced in "Internal Formations"? What is a common analogy to this teaching?

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

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

5. Why is it impossible to drop all of one's identity from the parents?

6. After calming an unpleasant feeling, what two additional steps should be taken to insure that the negative emotion is eradicated completely?

7. Explain the Buddhist concept of non-duality. Give an example.

8. Why is Hanh surprised to find that the Charles River is not a safe place to wash one's face? According to Hanh, how can dead rivers be resurrected?

9. What instructions on meditating does Hanh give the reader in "Meditation on Compassion"? Why would it be more beneficial to meditate on someone who is obviously suffering?

10. 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.

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