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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. Who presents a smile openly without any goal?
2. How many times should one breathe in and out before making a phone call?
3. According to the author, which rite is a wonderful practice of mindfulness that Jesus used to awaken his disciples?
4. What invitation does the author give to the reader at the end of the first section?
5. According to Hanh, for what should one NOT use meditation?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Hanh suggest one might try to do with negative emotions? How can one accomplish this?
2. The book's nature theme is expressed in "Flower Insights". What message is Buddha imparting to the monks by holding a flower and smiling?
3. Explain the Buddhist concept of non-duality. Give an example.
4. 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?
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. In "Nourishing Awareness" Hanh gives an example of how one can strengthen awareness. What is the example? How will this teaching by Hanh lead to action?
7. 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?
8. What is the year and place of Hanh's birth? What are two of Hanh's earliest connections to the Buddhist faith?
9. 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?
10. Explain the process of conscious breathing. What is its purpose?
Essay Topic 1
Using at least three everyday activities, explore how their intrinsic values could be discovered through mindful living. Use specific attributes of each activity in your discussion.
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
In "The River" Hanh shares an anecdote about a river who chases clouds. Explore the analogy between the river's behavior and an individual who continues to look for his/her identity in material things.
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