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 is Hanh's definition of compassion?

2. What is Hanh's attitude towards the Western cultures' treatment of parents?

3. According to Hanh, what would improve the power of hugging?

4. According Hanh, if one item is removed from the universe, how many others will cease to exist?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A familiar adage which refers to stress in an individual is all tied up in knots. Compare/contrast the adage with the Buddhist's concept of "internal formations.

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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