The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

Pema Chödrön
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 4-6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the compassionate aspiration that the author begins with as she begins to teach?
(a) The aspiration that her students enjoy their class as much as she enjoys teaching.
(b) The desire to help all of her students to feel enough compassion for themselves that the students can reach Nirvana.
(c) She expresses her wish to introduce her students to ideas that will open their minds to a new kind of Buddhist thought.
(d) The wish that her students can apply the teachings to free themselves and others from suffering.

2. What does the author argue that we do to sow the seeds of our own suffering?
(a) "Most of us focus our energies on problems."
(b) "Most of us fail to notice that the world is full of love."
(c) "Most of us believe that we are separate from others, and seek only our own good."
(d) "Most of us keep strengthening our negative habits."

3. How does the author claim that aspirations and affirmations differ?
(a) Chodron argues that affirmations and aspirations can be used interchangeably in meditation.
(b) Chodron claims that they are not different.
(c) Chodron writes that in one we try to convince ourselves of something, and in the other we aim to open our hearts.
(d) Chodron claims that aspirations have long been used by Buddhists, but affiirmations have been scientifically studied and documented more.

4. What are the three characteristics of human existence?
(a) Change, adaptation, and unsatisfied expectations.
(b) Mediocrity, disinterest, and distraction.
(c) Love, hope, and peace.
(d) Impermanence, egolessness, and suffering.

5. What does the author claim "cannot proliferate" without our thoughts?
(a) Emotions.
(b) Poor relationships.
(c) Misunderstandings.
(d) The humiliation of past mistakes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does the author warn that meditation can become when meditation practitioners do not pay attention to their negative emotions?

2. What is the first lord of materialism?

3. Where did Atisha Dipankara take the bodhichitta teachings?

4. What is the third lord of materialism?

5. What does the author claim that bodhichitta training unlocks?

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