Peace Is Every Step Test | Final 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. According to Hanh's "Internal Formations", what forms within one's emotional consciousness as a result of anger?

2. What can be transformed into healthy energy by recognizing that it is part of oneself?

3. What happens when one is cut off from nature?

4. What reason does Hanh give for the abuse of children at their own parents' hands?

5. Why does looking into his own hand keep the man from feeling lonely?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. In "The River of Feelings", what three types of feelings are discussed? Should one feeling be approached differently than another? Why or why not?

3. What effect does conscious breathing have on a hug? Why?

4. What steps can be taken to alleviate anger's control and transform it into a positive force?

5. How is Hanh's Buddhist faith reintroduced in "Internal Formations"? What is a common analogy to this teaching?

6. What does Hanh suggest one might try to do with negative emotions? How can one accomplish this?

7. According to Hanh in "Mindfulness of Anger", anger is the root of self-control problems. How does anger take away our mindfulness? Why would its power lead to one being out of control?

8. How does the article "Investing in Friends" demonstrate Hanh's teaching on achieving world peace?

9. Why is it impossible to drop all of one's identity from the parents?

10. After calming an unpleasant feeling, what two additional steps should be taken to insure that the negative emotion is eradicated completely?

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

Explore three ways in which unnecessary driving is harmful. You must use one economic, one ecological, and one psychological example.

Essay Topic 3

Hanh's essay on "Living Together" is directed towards the family unit. How could the principles stated in this article apply to individual countries and world peace?

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