Peace Is Every Step Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nhat Hanh
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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. If one lives without awareness, who/what do the people around us become?

2. Who smiles at Buddha?

3. What benefits can be found only in oneself?

4. Who was the first monk to ride a bicycle in Vietnam?

5. What becomes available when we quiet our distracted thinking?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What are the fundamental building blocks for harmony? How does creating harmony in one's own life benefit peace in the world?

4. Explain the statement, "'Peace is Every Step' is a book of reminders."

5. In "Cookies of Childhood" what is the analogy between eating a cookie and living in the present?

6. Which peace activist nominates Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize? In what year does the nomination occur? Why does this individual nominate Hanh?

7. What qualities does the dandelion possess that makes it a good choice as the recipient of lost smiles?

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

9. Who is Thomas Merton? What is Merton's opinion of Hanh?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family members need to understand one another before living in harmony can be possible. Using mindfulness as a blueprint, explain how siblings can come to terms with the belief that Mom or Dad favors or has an easier relationship with another sibling.

Essay Topic 2

A familiar adage which refers to stress in an individual is all tied up in knots. Compare/contrast the adage with the Buddhist's concept of "internal formations.

Essay Topic 3

Arnold Kotler, the editor of "Peace is Every Step", begins his introduction with a personal experience about living mindfully. Explore the impact Kotler's anecdote might have on a reader. Does Kotler's admission give more credibility to Hanh's teachings? Why or why not?

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