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, what can break the "cycle of transmission"?

2. According to the chapter "The Roots of Anger", where does the source of anger usually reside?

3. According to Hanh's "Internal Formations", what forms within one's emotional consciousness as a result of anger?

4. What is Hanh's lament in "It is a Great Joy to hold Your Grandchild"?

5. What term means "the essence of a person's true nature"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What counting analogy could be compared to Hanh's breathing mindfully when one feels anger rising?

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

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

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

7. In "The Art of Mindful Living" Hanh remarks again about environmental issues. How can mindful living help environmental efforts?

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Nourishing Awareness in Each Moment," Hanh compares our senses to windows. Using his comparison develop an essay that explores at least five similarities.

Essay Topic 2

Hanh's article "Flowers and Garbage" relates that as humans we form concepts in our minds based on first impressions. Explore how mindful living prevents one from acting on appearances.

Essay Topic 3

In Hanh's anecdote about Buddha and the flower, only one monk had the courage to be himself. He was the only one who experienced the simple beauty of the flower and Buddha's smile. Discuss how being someone other than your true self can rob you of joy.

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