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 becomes available when we quiet our distracted thinking?

2. Where is Gethsemani?

3. What enables one to become a real person?

4. According to Hanh, what is the result of realizing the present moment?

5. What technique may be used to force the thought process to focus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. Why should aimlessness be everyone's goal in life?

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What are the bells of mindfulness? What everyday sounds might be used as bells? List additional bells that are not mentioned in the book that could be used.

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

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

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?

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