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. Who/what is one never able to escape?

2. What is Gethsemani?

3. What does Hanh synchronize with his movements of using a scythe?

4. What body position does Hanh recommend for meditation?

5. Which yoga position does Hanh recommend for meditation?

Short Essay Questions

1. The book's nature theme is expressed in "Flower Insights". What message is Buddha imparting to the monks by holding a flower and smiling?

2. Which noted spiritual leader authors the foreword of "Peace is Every Step"? What is his attitude towards Hanh's work? How does this lend credibility to the book's teachings?

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

4. What is the Buddhist word for aimlessness? How does this word further extend the theme of living in the present?

5. 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?

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

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

8. When is Hanh's second visit to the United States? What is the purpose of this visit? What do his visits to the United States indicate about his own commitment to world peace?

9. What qualities does the dandelion possess that makes it a good choice as the recipient of lost smiles?

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 Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Hanh's essay on "Living Together" is directed towards the family unit. How could the principles stated in this article apply to individual countries and world peace?

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