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 does Hanh compare to windows?

2. In "Eating Mindfully", what is the purpose of eating?

3. What should a driver do when caught by a stop light?

4. What is the goal of meditation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Which peace activist nominates Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize? In what year does the nomination occur? Why does this individual nominate Hanh?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using Hanh's article "Transforming Feelings" as a resource, explain how anger, if left unchecked, can destroy the suffering, yet leave the aggressor unscathed.

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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