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. Why is the red light an enemy of the driver?

2. At the beginning of Part l, Chapter1, what gift is available to everyone upon waking up each morning?

3. According to Hanh, what effect does watching violence on television have on an individual?

4. Why does one sometimes go for a drive unnecessarily?

5. Why is Hanh received enthusiastically in the West?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Hanh simplify the process of conscious breathing so that it is an easy practice?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The River" Hanh shares an anecdote about a river who chases clouds. Explore the analogy between the river's behavior and an individual who continues to look for his/her identity in material things.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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