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

2. What example of being present and mindful does the author use, which gives the work merit?
(a) Volunteering our time.
(b) Taking care of a family.
(c) Washing dishes.
(d) Feeding animals.

3. Is concentration to ignore suffering?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Sometimes.
(c) Yes.
(d) No.

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

5. 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) Lead us out of suffering.
(b) Guide us down the wrong path.
(c) Lead us to confusion.
(d) Lead us astray.

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

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

8. Conscious breathing is an important link between what?
(a) Mind and beliefs.
(b) Body and soul.
(c) Ourselves and others.
(d) Mind and body.

9. What does Hanh suggest doing to our habit energies?
(a) Ignoring them.
(b) Laughing at them.
(c) Frowning at them.
(d) Smiling at them.

10. 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.

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

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

13. The practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings addresses what?
(a) The "bad" we ingest.
(b) The "goods" we ingest.
(c) The "good" we ingest.
(d) The nutriments.

14. The therapy of one hour of deep, quiet listening can bring relief to suffering, and is what who try to practice?
(a) Psychotherapists.
(b) Chrstians.
(c) Those who are religious.
(d) Most people.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Are any views the absolute truth?

2. Are suffering and joy both impermanent?

3. Speaking each person's individual language, like Bodhisattva, or writing a letter using Right speech, can do what?

4. Many have embraced suffering for two thousand years as the primary principle of Buddhism, but Buddha taught us to recognize what and suffering?

5. What is the third turning?

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