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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Buddhism is a practice to help what?
(a) Eliminate wrong view.
(b) End suffering.
(c) Make people happy.
(d) Believers get to heaven.

3. What does the author believe is perhaps responsible for much of our pain?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Lust.
(d) Joy.

4. The fifth Mindfulness training is associated with what?
(a) What foods to avoid.
(b) Ingesting healthy foods.
(c) Sexual responsibility.
(d) Personal responsibility.

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

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

7. The first four miracles of mindfulness belong to the first aspect of meditation known as __________.
(a) Shamhara.
(b) Samantha.
(c) Shamatha.
(d) Sithartha.

8. What does it mean to look deeply?
(a) Vipishtu.
(b) Shamatha.
(c) Vinitu.
(d) Vipashyana.

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

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

11. Non-thinking allows us to enter reality __________.
(a) Slightly.
(b) Fully.
(c) Almost completely.
(d) Partially.

12. What does seeing the cause of our suffering do to our suffering?
(a) Strengthens it.
(b) Eases it.
(c) Encourages it.
(d) Ends it.

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

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

15. Looking deeply in meditation is important, but what else is fundamental?
(a) Stopping to do so.
(b) Not thinking.
(c) Relaxing.
(d) Enjoying life.

Short Answer Questions

1. Buddha taught of _______________, where our ideas and concepts are extinguished.

2. Right Action means to do what?

3. How should we treat our suffering?

4. Buddha claimed to have gone to the end of the path of suffering and gained what?

5. What is the most important aspect of Right Diligence?

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