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. According to the author, which rite is a wonderful practice of mindfulness that Jesus used to awaken his disciples?

2. Which mantra during conscious breathing relaxes the body?

3. What community is established by Hanh a hundred miles southwest of Paris?

4. What is the goal of meditation?

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. What are the benefits of conscious breathing?

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

4. 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?

5. According to Hanh, what is an inappropriate use for meditation? What harm might be possible from using it inappropriately?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore three ways in which unnecessary driving is harmful. You must use one economic, one ecological, and one psychological example.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A familiar adage which refers to stress in an individual is all tied up in knots. Compare/contrast the adage with the Buddhist's concept of "internal formations.

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