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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 third truth?
(a) The cessation of creating suffering by thinking about what we are doing.
(b) The cessation of creating suffering by ignoring what we are doing.
(c) The cessation of creating suffering by stopping what we are doing.
(d) The cessation of creating suffering by changing what we are doing.

2. Are any views the absolute truth?
(a) No.
(b) Yes, some.
(c) Yes, only a few.
(d) Yes, many.

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

4. What is the second Miracle of Mindfulness?
(a) To make a present.
(b) To understand the present.
(c) To make others present.
(d) To be present.

5. It is said that if you try to explain every word of the sutras, what happens?
(a) You will die.
(b) You slander Buddha in past, present and future.
(c) You embarrass Buddha and yourself.
(d) Others will become confused.

6. Are rightness and wrongness subjective?
(a) Yes.
(b) Usually.
(c) No.
(d) Sometimes.

7. Generosity, sharing, cultivating love and kindness, and living simply, taking no more than our share, is what?
(a) Right Concentration.
(b) Right Action.
(c) Right Thinking.
(d) Right Diligence.

8. The therapy of one hour of deep, quiet listening can bring relief to suffering, and is what who try to practice?
(a) Most people.
(b) Psychotherapists.
(c) Those who are religious.
(d) Chrstians.

9. We need to do what to become free of perceptions and be able to see things as they are?
(a) Forget about our own perceptions.
(b) Know the source of our perceptions and see them deeply.
(c) Ignore perceptions.
(d) Accept our perceptions as true.

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

11. The Fourth Noble Truth is recognizing that the Eightfold Path of Right View, Thinking, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Diligence, Mindfulness and Concentration can do what?
(a) Guide us down the wrong path.
(b) Lead us astray.
(c) Lead us to confusion.
(d) Lead us out of suffering.

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

13. With what does the Discourse on Turning the Wheel of the Dharma have to do?
(a) Slowly help one to understand suffering.
(b) It compares the Wheel of Dharma to the Wheel of Fortune.
(c) Randomly choosing the path one should take.
(d) Recognizing suffering and transforming it into "mindfulness, compassion, peace and liberation."

14. Buddha taught of _______________, where our ideas and concepts are extinguished.
(a) Karma.
(b) Dharma.
(c) Nirvana.
(d) Sutra.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Can Right View be taught?

2. Whatever we think will make us happy can often be what?

3. We are always giving our attention to something, and it often does what?

4. Hanh recommends a _____________ gatha to remind us to live fully each day, not wasting our day, and being mindful with love and compassion.

5. We need only to understand what about the other person?

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