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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. Suffering, its recognition, making, and the path out of it are all ___________, as are the Four Noble Truths.
(a) Intertwined.
(b) Unique.
(c) Separate.
(d) Alone.

2. It is said that if you try to explain every word of the sutras, what happens?
(a) Others will become confused.
(b) You slander Buddha in past, present and future.
(c) You embarrass Buddha and yourself.
(d) You will die.

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

4. Generosity, sharing, cultivating love and kindness, and living simply, taking no more than our share, is what?
(a) Right Diligence.
(b) Right Concentration.
(c) Right Action.
(d) Right Thinking.

5. Looking deeply into our suffering and writing down what nutriments we are feeding to sustain takes what?
(a) Courage and strength.
(b) Meditation and patience.
(c) Patience and self-control.
(d) Courage and mindfulness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hanh feels we need to be mindful of what?

2. Buddha suggests we replace unwholesome thoughts how?

3. What is the Sixth Miracle of Mindfulness?

4. Right speech is based on what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How important is deep, quiet listening, mindful breathing, and meditation?

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

3. What are the four nutriments? Describe these nutriments.

4. What is the third turning?

5. What is the practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings?

6. What does Right Action mean?

7. What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

8. What is Right Mindfulness?

9. What is suffering?

10. Describe two more Miracles of Mindfulness.

(see the answer keys)

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