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. What are the fruits of meditation?

3. What groups comprise large family units, which for the most part, have now disbanded?

4. In Hanh's analogy of viruses and antibodies, what role(s) do the negative seeds play?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Hanh resurrects the concept of interbeing in "Healing the Wounds of War". What role does interbeing play in a veteran's life? Why?

5. 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?

6. After calming an unpleasant feeling, what two additional steps should be taken to insure that the negative emotion is eradicated completely?

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

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

9. What theme is expressed in "Look into Your Hand"? Following the theme's message, why should one never feel lonely?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

To keep from becoming goal oriented, Hanh views aimlessness as necessary. Using a realistic goal that an individual is trying to attain, explore how aimlessness could be detrimental.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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