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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. The Buddha said, "The moment you know how your suffering came to be, you are already _________________."
(a) Gaining more suffering.
(b) Ignoring it.
(c) On the path of release from it.
(d) Passing your suffering on to others.

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

3. If we destroy living beings or the environment with what we eat, we are eating what?
(a) Life.
(b) The flesh of our children.
(c) Ourselves.
(d) Trash.

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

5. Speaking each person's individual language, like Bodhisattva, or writing a letter using Right speech, can do what?
(a) Benefit no one.
(b) Benefit the sender.
(c) Benefit the receiver.
(d) Benefit sender and receiver.

Short Answer Questions

1. We must practice what to understand the Four Noble Truths?

2. In the second turning we encourage ourselves to do what?

3. Hanh discourages what in the interest of ourselves and others?

4. Buddhism is a practice to help what?

5. Whatever we think will make us happy can often be what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Siddhartha Gutama sit under a bodhi tree? What happens while he is sitting here?

2. What does Right Action mean?

3. What is the fifth Mindfulness training? What does Hanh say about alcohol in this section?

4. What did Siddhartha Gutama teach?

5. What does the author say about the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness?

6. How can one avoid unwholesome thoughts? How can one touch the seeds of joy and peace and transform our suffering?

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

8. Describe the third turning of the wheel of Dharma.

9. What is important about being in the present moment?

10. How is conscious or mindful breathing important?

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