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 is mouth yoga?

2. What does the author suggest using as a bell of mindfulness when driving in Montreal?

3. According to a poem in this section, who/what now has the poet's lost smile?

4. What two purposes are fulfilled by washing dishes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. Describe the ritual of having a mindful family dinner.

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

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

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. 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?

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

What is the analogy between departmentalization and going to church on Sundays?

Essay Topic 3

In "Parents" Hanh remarks on the subject of child abuse.

1) How are the seeds of abuse passed from generation to generation?

2) Is it logical that compassion for the parents who commit abuse will break the pattern? Why or why not?

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