The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Test | Final Test - Easy

Pema Chödrön
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the near enemy of equanimity?
(a) Worry.
(b) Detachment.
(c) Criticism.
(d) Fear.

2. How does Chodron argue that our diet and health affect our strength?
(a) She does not deal with these topics directly.
(b) She writes that it is important that we care for our health as it does affect our minds.
(c) She argues that it is impossible to withstand the rigors of sitting meditation if we are physically unhealthy.
(d) She writes that we must use moderation in all things.

3. What is the gentlest method of reproach?
(a) To ask, "Why am I here?"
(b) To ask, "Have I ever done this before?"
(c) To ask, "What do I want in my life?"
(d) To ask, "Who really supports me?"

4. What is the far enemy of loving-kindness?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Longing.
(d) Anger.

5. How does Chodron define bravery?
(a) Avoiding reactions in relationships.
(b) Not having self-deception.
(c) Being in the present moment.
(d) Loving freely.

6. Which of the following does Chodron claim most of us are not satisfied to do?
(a) Hope for change.
(b) Retreat from the world.
(c) Long for company.
(d) Create a career in spiritualist practice.

7. Why does Chodron claim that the practice of bodhichitta increases our joy?
(a) Because it increases awareness of our basic goodness.
(b) Because as we meditate on our love for others, we become more kind toward them, ad love becomes a chain of thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
(c) Because the Buddha said that this is what would occur.
(d) Because it teaches us to be calm, and sitting silently can improve our mood.

8. How does Chodron view strength from a historical perspective?
(a) She argues that there has not been a change over time.
(b) Chodron writes that it is easier to access strength in the modern world.
(c) She does not touch on this theme.
(d) She writes that strength came more naturally to spiritual teachers in other time periods.

9. What is the far enemy of joy?
(a) Envy.
(b) Anger.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Despair.

10. Which of the following is one of the three kinds of laziness?
(a) Lack of sleep.
(b) Running late.
(c) Depression.
(d) Comfort orientation.

11. What is the "seed of goodness"?
(a) Openness and tenderness.
(b) Hope and love.
(c) Packets of seeds.
(d) Fatigue.

12. What does Chodron write about "shoulds" and "should nots"?
(a) These are helpful.
(b) We should focus on the "shoulds," while avoiding "should nots."
(c) We should not see things in these categories.
(d) These are used by the weak, who have not trained as warriors.

13. How do we get beyond laziness to open ourselves to bodhichitta?
(a) Physical excercise.
(b) Work with a teacher.
(c) Think positively.
(d) Meditation and other warrior practices.

14. What does Chodron write that her friend thought when he heard a woman screaming on the street?
(a) "Better her than me."
(b) "What can I do?"
(c) "I don't care."
(d) "What is happening?"

15. Which of the following qualities is one of the five strengths?
(a) Strong determination.
(b) Hard work.
(c) Hope.
(d) Love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Geshe Ben do after a meal with his patrons?

2. Which of the following is a near enemy of compassion?

3. What tendency is comfort orientation based on?

4. What will happen if we "stay with" sorrow or pain?

5. Which of the following is one of the six ways of compassionate living?

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