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. What makes it more possible for one to sustain action for a worthy cause?

2. What is Hanh's attitude towards the Western tradition of hugging?

3. What does Hanh consider to be one's "second heart"?

4. What are most individuals unwilling to do about an issue?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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.

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

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 must happen to the knots before peace can be found?

9. According to Hanh, how should an individual treat parents concerning their mistakes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hanh was nominated in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. Research Dr. King's views on attaining world peace. Compare/contrast his views to Hanh's.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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