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

2. What do negative feelings leave behind if they are not faced?

3. According to Hanh, what is the only tool useful in changing a situation?

4. According to Hanh, what can break the "cycle of transmission"?

5. Which plant is used in Hanh's story about people looking for the reason why it failed to grow?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Explain the Buddhist concept of non-duality. Give an example.

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

4. In "Understanding" Hanh explains that understanding and love are one thing. Why can the two not be separated?

5. What two types of seeds does consciousness include? Explain the relationship between the two. Why is it important to plant positive seeds?

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

7. Why should one meditate on an individual who has caused personal pain?

8. What lesson does Hanh teach the reader in "Mindfulness Must be Engaged"?

9. What instructions on meditating does Hanh give the reader in "Meditation on Compassion"? Why would it be more beneficial to meditate on someone who is obviously suffering?

10. In "The Sun is My Heart", Hanh intertwines interbeing with the universe. Explain the title's metaphor.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family members need to understand one another before living in harmony can be possible. Using mindfulness as a blueprint, explain how siblings can come to terms with the belief that Mom or Dad favors or has an easier relationship with another sibling.

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

In "Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours" Hanh compares a new day to a precious gift. Compare/contrast a precious gift and a new day.

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