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 Hanh, which of the following is a non-sound?

2. What resources are used in the creation of "Peace is Every Step"?

3. According to Hanh, for what should one NOT use meditation?

4. When we walk hurriedly, what imprints are left on the Earth?

5. According to the author, when is peace present?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does the term departmentalization apply to most people's attitude towards meditation? Why is the attitude incorrect? How can society benefit by an attitude adjustment?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In "The Eucharist" Hanh refutes the Christian belief of salvation. Explore another Hanh teaching that contradicts Christianity.

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