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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 Speech is speaking how?
(a) Quietly and infrequently.
(b) Truthfully, no matter how painful it may be.
(c) Truthfully, not with a forked tongue, not cruelly or slanderously and not exaggeration.
(d) Compassionately, in a way not to hurt others.

2. Many have embraced suffering for two thousand years as the primary principle of Buddhism, but Buddha taught us to recognize what and suffering?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Fear.
(c) Pain.
(d) Joy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Can Right View be taught?
(a) Usually.
(b) No.
(c) Often.
(d) Yes.

Short Answer Questions

1. While mindfully breathing, what does the author suggest be done?

2. How must one use suffering?

3. Our habit energies bring about what?

4. Mindful breathing, walking, smiling and looking can stop what?

5. What is the Seventh Miracle of Mindfulness?

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