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. What becomes available when we quiet our distracted thinking?

2. According to Hanh, where can one meditate?

3. According to Hanh's story about an arguing couple, what is the first step to healing?

4. Which techniques can help individuals heal themselves emotionally and psychologically?

5. Who/what is one never able to escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Buddhist concept of "interbeing?" Hanh gives an example of interbeing by stating that poverty cannot exist without wealth. Give at least two other similar examples.

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. 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?

4. What two types of seeds does consciousness include? Explain the relationship between the two. Why is it important to plant positive seeds?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What instructions on meditating does Hanh give the reader in "Meditation on Compassion"? Why would it be more beneficial to meditate on someone who is obviously suffering?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Using Hanh's article "Transforming Feelings" as a resource, explain how anger, if left unchecked, can destroy the suffering, yet leave the aggressor unscathed.

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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