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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. What is the origin of a smile?
2. Who smiles at the flower?
3. Who is Thomas Merton?
4. What is often forgotten when one approaches life with a constant goal in mind?
5. Which techniques can help individuals heal themselves emotionally and psychologically?
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?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The foreword is written by H.H. the Dalai Lama, who is a revered spiritual leader. Research the views of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Then compare/contrast his views on world peace with those of Hanh.
Essay Topic 3
In "Parents" Hanh remarks on the subject of child abuse.
1) How are the seeds of abuse passed from generation to generation?
2) Is it logical that compassion for the parents who commit abuse will break the pattern? Why or why not?
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