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. Whatever we think will make us happy can often be what?
(a) A part of happiness.
(b) Paths to happiness.
(c) Obstacles to happiness.
(d) Makes us happy.

2. Siddhartha Gutama sat under a bodhi tree and vowed not to get up until when?
(a) He was tired of sitting.
(b) He understood how to alleviate suffering.
(c) Nightfall.
(d) Someone had come to save him.

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

4. Hanh suggests reframing the four Noble Truths, replacing "cessation" with what?
(a) Well-being.
(b) Ending.
(c) Stopping.
(d) Beginning.

5. We must practice what to understand the Four Noble Truths?
(a) Quiet.
(b) Mindfulness.
(c) Patience.
(d) The twelve turnings of the wheel of Dharma.

6. "_______________ is at the heart of Buddha's teachings."
(a) Right Mindfulness.
(b) Right Diligence.
(c) Right Action.
(d) Right Concentration.

7. The Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness notes how many objects for mindfulness practice?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Seven.

8. Another reminder, "Hello, habit energy," reminds us to do what?
(a) Improve our habits.
(b) Change our habits.
(c) Forget our habits.
(d) Find moments to contemplate and be mindful, and acknowledge our habitual thinking and acting.

9. In our consciousness we have ___________________ seeds, or roots that we can identify with mindfulness.
(a) Few seed.
(b) Weak seeds.
(c) Wholesome or unwholesome.
(d) Many seeds.

10. Right Action is related to Right Livelihood, or what?
(a) Earning a living in non-destructive ways.
(b) Forms of entertainment that are not destructive.
(c) Earning a living that consumes your life.
(d) Earning a living that is not the focus of your life.

11. Are suffering and joy both impermanent?
(a) Yes.
(b) No.
(c) Usually.
(d) Rarely.

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

13. 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 to confusion.
(c) Lead us out of suffering.
(d) Lead us astray.

14. While mindfully breathing, what does the author suggest be done?
(a) Feelings should be identified.
(b) Suffering should be forgotten.
(c) A place of refuge should be created.
(d) Our suffering should be transformed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Fourth Mindfulness Training describe?

2. What is the opposite of mindfulness?

3. Which turning of the Fourth Noble Truth is the recognition that we are practicing to transform our difficulties and ceasing to ingest pain-causing nutriments?

4. At what age could Buddha do what he wanted "without going against the path," or practice the "action of non-action," stage of realization that must take place from within?

5. Buddhism is a practice to help what?

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