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 should one do as angry feelings subside?

2. Who used mindful living in Vietnam to act on the suffering of others?

3. What connection is made to one's parents as one looks in a mirror?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the analogy between departmentalization and going to church on Sundays?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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