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 Hanh received enthusiastically in the West?

2. What becomes available when we quiet our distracted thinking?

3. What is mouth yoga?

4. What enables one to become a real person?

5. According to Hanh's story about an arguing couple, what is the first step to healing?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In what year does Hanh first visit the United States? For what purpose? Why does he leave in 1963?

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, 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?

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

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

8. Explain the statement, "'Peace is Every Step' is a book of reminders."

9. What do dishes symbolize in "Washing the Dishes"? What does dessert symbolize in this article?

10. What are the benefits of conscious breathing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

A familiar adage which refers to stress in an individual is all tied up in knots. Compare/contrast the adage with the Buddhist's concept of "internal formations.

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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