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. Mindful breathing and meditation can help us with what?
(a) Compassionate acting.
(b) Compassionate speaking.
(c) Compassionate thinking.
(d) Compassionate listening.

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

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

4. What is an example of a seed of unwholesome quality?
(a) Love.
(b) Peace.
(c) Hope.
(d) Greed.

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

6. 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 to release thinking and be in the present moment.
(d) To remind us we are wrong.

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

8. "Bodhichitta" is what?
(a) A place to meditate.
(b) A follower of Buddha.
(c) A Buddhist monk.
(d) Our mind of love that motivates mindful living.

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

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

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

12. We can learn calming by recognition, acceptance, ________________, looking deeply and insight.
(a) Embracing.
(b) Introspection.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Intelligence.

13. We are always giving our attention to something, and it often does what?
(a) Takes us from the moment.
(b) Encourages us to be in the moment.
(c) Keeps us in the moment.
(d) Helps us forget the moment.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Right thinking leads to what?

3. 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?

4. What is the Third Miracle of Mindfulness?

5. The Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness notes how many objects for mindfulness practice?

(see the answer keys)

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