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. Which mantra during conscious breathing relaxes the body?

2. What location is the birthplace of Thich Nhat Hanh?

3. What group might react strongly to Hanh's views on hope?

4. What happens when one gets back in touch with one's self?

5. According to a poem in this section, who/what now has the poet's lost smile?

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. Why should one meditate on an individual who has caused personal pain?

3. What steps can be taken to alleviate anger's control and transform it into a positive force?

4. In "The River of Feelings", what three types of feelings are discussed? Should one feeling be approached differently than another? Why or why not?

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

6. In "The Sun is My Heart", Hanh intertwines interbeing with the universe. Explain the title's metaphor.

7. Describe the ritual of having a mindful family dinner.

8. 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?

9. According to Hanh, how should an individual treat parents concerning their mistakes?

10. Explain the process of conscious breathing. What is its purpose?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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