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

2. Which group of people are "the light at the top of the candle" for interbeing?

3. What should one do as angry feelings subside?

4. What is Hanh's definition of compassion?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using at least three everyday activities, explore how their intrinsic values could be discovered through mindful living. Use specific attributes of each activity in your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

The first instinct when one feels an unpleasant emotion is to find an escape. Explain how this need to escape leads to compulsive behavior in the form of an addiction.

Essay Topic 3

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

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