The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Writing is a "deep practice" and should be done knowing our words will do what?
(a) Useless.
(b) Be forgotten quickly.
(c) Affect other people.
(d) Be remembered.

2. Right Diligence or Effort involves what?
(a) Preventing unwholesome seeds and returning them, finding ways to water and nourish the wholesome seeds that have already risen.
(b) Acting appropriately.
(c) Focusing on Right Thinking.
(d) Watching the behavior of others.

3. What concentration aims at complete liberation?
(a) Supermundane.
(b) Neomundane.
(c) Absolutmundane.
(d) Supramundane.

4. Hanh advises us to leave a job where we are not allowed to do what?
(a) Speak truthfully.
(b) Take breaks.
(c) Be promoted.
(d) Get paid what we're worth.

5. Mindful breathing, walking, smiling and looking can stop what?
(a) Your daily routines.
(b) Your understanding.
(c) The constant state of agitation we are in.
(d) Your work.

6. The practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings addresses what?
(a) The "bad" we ingest.
(b) The "good" we ingest.
(c) The nutriments.
(d) The "goods" we ingest.

7. In the second turning we encourage ourselves to do what?
(a) Learn, reflect and practice.
(b) Listen, speak, communicate.
(c) Accept. understand, decide.
(d) Ignore, accept, and understand.

8. Another misunderstanding is that our suffering is caused by ________________.
(a) Love.
(b) Buddha.
(c) Sin.
(d) Craving.

9. We need only to understand what about the other person?
(a) He or she is like us.
(b) He or she is also compassionate.
(c) He or she has suffered for compassion to be born.
(d) He or she is human.

10. How should we treat our suffering?
(a) With hatred.
(b) With love and kindness.
(c) With patience.
(d) With distractions.

11. Right thinking leads to what?
(a) Right livelihood.
(b) Right concentration.
(c) Right action.
(d) Right view.

12. Recognition of peace and joy, that well-being is possible, is which turning?
(a) The fourth.
(b) The second.
(c) The first.
(d) The third.

13. Is concentration to ignore suffering?
(a) No.
(b) Sometimes.
(c) Frequently.
(d) Yes.

14. Buddha suggests we replace unwholesome thoughts how?
(a) By asking Buddha to remove the unwholesome thoughts.
(b) By thinking of only wholesome thoughts.
(c) By relaxing.
(d) By living in a wholesome environment with those who practice mindful living.

15. Looking deeply into our suffering and writing down what nutriments we are feeding to sustain takes what?
(a) Courage and mindfulness.
(b) Patience and self-control.
(c) Meditation and patience.
(d) Courage and strength.

Short Answer Questions

1. Our perceptions are affected by what?

2. Hanh discourages what in the interest of ourselves and others?

3. The first practice,______________________, is a deep understanding of the four Noble Truths of suffering, the making of it, the fact that it can be transformed, and its transformation.

4. In our consciousness we have ___________________ seeds, or roots that we can identify with mindfulness.

5. Right thinking is known as what?

(see the answer keys)

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