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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 seeds do most individuals focus on in their lives?
2. What reason does Hanh give for the abuse of children at their own parents' hands?
3. What else must exist for wealth to be possible in the world?
4. What groups comprise large family units, which for the most part, have now disbanded?
5. How should individuals react to unpleasant feelings?
Short Essay Questions
1. What theme is expressed in "Look into Your Hand"? Following the theme's message, why should one never feel lonely?
2. According to Hanh, how should an individual treat parents concerning their mistakes?
3. What steps can be taken to alleviate anger's control and transform it into a positive force?
4. What two types of seeds does consciousness include? Explain the relationship between the two. Why is it important to plant positive seeds?
5. How does the article "Investing in Friends" demonstrate Hanh's teaching on achieving world peace?
6. Why should one meditate on an individual who has caused personal pain?
7. Why is Hanh surprised to find that the Charles River is not a safe place to wash one's face? According to Hanh, how can dead rivers be resurrected?
8. What is the Buddhist concept of "interbeing?" Hanh gives an example of interbeing by stating that poverty cannot exist without wealth. Give at least two other similar examples.
9. After calming an unpleasant feeling, what two additional steps should be taken to insure that the negative emotion is eradicated completely?
10. What must happen to the knots before peace can be found?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
To keep from becoming goal oriented, Hanh views aimlessness as necessary. Using a realistic goal that an individual is trying to attain, explore how aimlessness could be detrimental.
Essay Topic 3
The foreword is written by H.H. the Dalai Lama, who is a revered spiritual leader. Research the views of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Then compare/contrast his views on world peace with those of Hanh.
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