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Nhat Hanh
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. We need to do what to become free of perceptions and be able to see things as they are?
(a) Ignore perceptions.
(b) Know the source of our perceptions and see them deeply.
(c) Accept our perceptions as true.
(d) Forget about our own perceptions.

2. Hanh recommends a _____________ gatha to remind us to live fully each day, not wasting our day, and being mindful with love and compassion.
(a) Afternoon.
(b) Night.
(c) Evening.
(d) Morning.

3. What is the most important aspect of Right Diligence?
(a) Joy.
(b) Peace.
(c) Calm.
(d) Love.

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

5. Hanh suggests what to remind us to use right speech on the telephone?
(a) A poem.
(b) A dance.
(c) A phrase.
(d) A gatha.

Short Answer Questions

1. Right thinking is known as what?

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

3. What is Smriti?

4. "_______________ is at the heart of Buddha's teachings."

5. Why does Hanh suggest the reader to write the words, "Are you sure?" where they can be seen, and "What am I doing?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of Dharma and Sangha?

2. Describe the Twelve Links.

3. What is the purpose of this section?

4. What are two of the Miracles of Mindfulness? What is the importance of the first four Miracles of Mindfulness?

5. Describe the first stage of the Third Noble Truth and the second turning.

6. What are the seven factors of awakening or enlightenment?

7. What is the Right View?

8. What is a misunderstanding about suffering?

9. What comprises Buddhism?

10. What is the foundation of Buddhism?

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