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. Why does one sometimes go for a drive unnecessarily?

2. What does practicing conscious breathing unify?

3. According to Hanh, what is the result of realizing the present moment?

4. According to Hanh, where can one meditate?

5. What is often forgotten when one approaches life with a constant goal in mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. How does the process of conscious breathing affect one's work?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Hanh remarks that even the wealthiest can die of suffering. Apply his words to a wealthy country. How could the country cease to exist even though it had tremendous resources?

Essay Topic 3

To keep from becoming goal oriented, Hanh views aimlessness as necessary. Using a realistic goal that an individual is trying to attain, explore how aimlessness could be detrimental.

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