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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the goal of right Concentration?
(a) A one-pointed mind.
(b) A quiet mind.
(c) A rounded mind.
(d) A many-pointed mind.

2. What does Hanh suggest doing to our habit energies?
(a) Ignoring them.
(b) Frowning at them.
(c) Laughing at them.
(d) Smiling at them.

3. What is the third turning?
(a) Acceptance.
(b) Realization.
(c) Encouragement.
(d) Ignorance.

4. Hanh suggests what to remind us to use right speech on the telephone?
(a) A phrase.
(b) A gatha.
(c) A dance.
(d) A poem.

5. What is selective concentration?
(a) We accept some of what comes our way.
(b) We accept whatever comes along, dwelling in the present and remaining clear.
(c) We accept little of what comes our way.
(d) Focusing on one object, ignoring everything else.

6. What is the second turning?
(a) Encouragement.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Realization.
(d) Acceptance.

7. Suffering, its recognition, making, and the path out of it are all ___________, as are the Four Noble Truths.
(a) Separate.
(b) Intertwined.
(c) Unique.
(d) Alone.

8. Our habit energies bring about what?
(a) Damage.
(b) Excitement.
(c) Joy.
(d) Desire.

9. In the first stage of the Third Noble Truth, of what are we not aware?
(a) Compassion.
(b) Love.
(c) Freedom and happiness.
(d) Ourselves.

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

11. The Buddha said, "The moment you know how your suffering came to be, you are already _________________."
(a) On the path of release from it.
(b) Ignoring it.
(c) Gaining more suffering.
(d) Passing your suffering on to others.

12. Hanh discourages what in the interest of ourselves and others?
(a) Losing sleep.
(b) Driving while intoxicated.
(c) Drinking of any alcohol.
(d) Smoking.

13. 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.
(a) The Right View.
(b) The Right Thinking.
(c) The Right Path.
(d) The Right Action.

14. To whom does the author suggest going and showing your pain?
(a) God.
(b) The Buddha.
(c) Yourself.
(d) Your parent.

15. Why does Hanh suggest the reader to write the words, "Are you sure?" where they can be seen, and "What am I doing?"
(a) To remind us to release thinking and be in the present moment.
(b) To remind us to never be too sure.
(c) To remind us we are wrong.
(d) To remind us to question ourselves.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Bodhichitta" is what?

2. Another misunderstanding is that our suffering is caused by ________________.

3. What are the initial thought and development of it, respectively?

4. If we destroy living beings or the environment with what we eat, we are eating what?

5. Hanh suggests reframing the four Noble Truths, replacing "cessation" with what?

(see the answer keys)

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