Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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
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 2
In "Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours" Hanh compares a new day to a precious gift. Compare/contrast a precious gift and a new day.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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