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 does Hanh compare to windows?

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

3. While driving, what can be used as a bell of mindfulness?

4. In "The Eucharist", what does one bite of bread give to each disciple?

5. According to Hanh, what items should be in a family meditation room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the fundamental building blocks for harmony? How does creating harmony in one's own life benefit peace in the world?

2. Explain the statement, "'Peace is Every Step' is a book of reminders."

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

4. Explore the analogy of a new day being a gift to every being. Include details on how gifts are usually anticipated and acknowledged.

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. In what year does Hanh first visit the United States? For what purpose? Why does he leave in 1963?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first instinct when one feels an unpleasant emotion is to find an escape. Explain how this need to escape leads to compulsive behavior in the form of an addiction.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In "Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours" Hanh compares a new day to a precious gift. Compare/contrast a precious gift and a new day.

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