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. In "Flower Insights" who holds a flower before the monks?

2. What is essential to productivity?

3. What is often forgotten when one approaches life with a constant goal in mind?

4. Where is Gethsemani?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Cookies of Childhood" what is the analogy between eating a cookie and living in the present?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. How does Hanh show his true Buddhist nature in "Telephone Meditation"?

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, what is an inappropriate use for meditation? What harm might be possible from using it inappropriately?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Nourishing Awareness in Each Moment," Hanh compares our senses to windows. Using his comparison develop an essay that explores at least five similarities.

Essay Topic 2

In Hanh's anecdote about Buddha and the flower, only one monk had the courage to be himself. He was the only one who experienced the simple beauty of the flower and Buddha's smile. Discuss how being someone other than your true self can rob you of joy.

Essay Topic 3

The foreword is written by H.H. the Dalai Lama, who is a revered spiritual leader. Research the views of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Then compare/contrast his views on world peace with those of Hanh.

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