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. According to Hanh, what effect does watching violence on television have on an individual?

2. What does the author suggest using as a bell of mindfulness when driving in Paris?

3. Before making a phone call, what should one do?

4. According to a poem in this section, who/what now has the poet's lost smile?

5. What is Hanh remembered for at the end of the Editor's Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What conclusion can the reader draw about Hanh's personal beliefs in his teachings from the bicycle anecdote?

4. In "Driving Meditation" Hanh encourages the reader to view his or her vehicle as his or herself and to control the vehicle as such. How would conscious breathing facilitate one's control of a vehicle?

5. How does Hanh simplify the process of conscious breathing so that it is an easy practice?

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

7. 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?

8. What do dishes symbolize in "Washing the Dishes"? What does dessert symbolize in this article?

9. What is the Buddhist word for aimlessness? How does this word further extend the theme of living in the present?

10. 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?

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

In Hanh's anecdote about Buddha and the flower, only one monk had the courage to be himself. He was the only one who experienced the simple beauty of the flower and Buddha's smile. Discuss how being someone other than your true self can rob you of joy.

Essay Topic 3

Hanh's article "Flowers and Garbage" relates that as humans we form concepts in our minds based on first impressions. Explore how mindful living prevents one from acting on appearances.

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