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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. 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) Watching the behavior of others.
(d) Focusing on Right Thinking.

2. What is the Seventh Miracle of Mindfulness?
(a) Forgiving.
(b) Transformation of our suffering as well as the suffering of the world.
(c) Believing.
(d) Understanding.

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

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

5. 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) Accept our perceptions as true.
(c) Know the source of our perceptions and see them deeply.
(d) Ignore perceptions.

6. How must one use suffering?
(a) For fear.
(b) For growth.
(c) For sadness.
(d) For torture.

7. 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 question ourselves.
(b) To remind us to never be too sure.
(c) To remind us we are wrong.
(d) To remind us to release thinking and be in the present moment.

8. What does the Fourth Mindfulness Training describe?
(a) Transforming our suffering as well as the suffering of the world.
(b) Forgetting our suffering.
(c) The affirmation to speak truthfully and non-judgmentally, not cause division and discord, and resolve all conflicts.
(d) Create a place of refuge for ourselves and others.

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

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

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

12. After experiencing perfect awakening, the Buddha had to do what?
(a) Find others to talk to.
(b) Find ways to express it in words.
(c) Write down his thoughts.
(d) Go to sleep.

13. Hanh explains that Buddha was a man who suffered, and that we can enter his heart now only because we ______________.
(a) Suffer.
(b) Have joy.
(c) Do not suffer.
(d) Are happy.

14. Hanh feels we need to be mindful of what?
(a) Our words.
(b) Our thoughts.
(c) Our well-being and happiness.
(d) Our actions.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. With what does the Discourse on Turning the Wheel of the Dharma have to do?

4. Our perceptions are affected by what?

5. It is said that if you try to explain every word of the sutras, what happens?

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