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 act does Hanh's teaching center around?

2. What is Gethsemani?

3. What can one use daily as a reminder to stop and breathe mindfully?

4. What becomes available when we quiet our distracted thinking?

5. Which yoga position does Hanh recommend for meditation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What theme is expressed in "Look into Your Hand"? Following the theme's message, why should one never feel lonely?

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

3. What effect does conscious breathing have on a hug? Why?

4. 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.

5. Explain the Buddhist concept of non-duality. Give an example.

6. What Christian belief does Hanh refute in his article "Hope as an Obstacle"? Why is it important that Hanh included a Christian belief in his book?

7. What are the bells of mindfulness? What everyday sounds might be used as bells? List additional bells that are not mentioned in the book that could be used.

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

9. What is the flower of tolerance? What could serve as compost for the flower of tolerance to grow and prosper?

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

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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