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 "sharing the heart"?
(a) A prayer.
(b) A Buddhist rule for all serious warriors.
(c) An old Zen idea about how to improve our quality of life.
(d) A simple practice.

2. What is the second stage in learning to rejoice?
(a) To take time to truly enjoy aspects our routine that are the most normal.
(b) To rejoice in the good fortune of another.
(c) To rejoice about the simplest things possible.
(d) To take joy in our relationships.

3. What does the author claim that thoughts become with time?
(a) "100 percent believable."
(b) "More and more separate from others."
(c) "Convoluted."
(d) "More and more clear."

4. What kind of harmful conduct does the warrior avoid?
(a) Nonvirtuous action.
(b) Failure.
(c) Depression.
(d) Hopelessness.

5. What would Chodron like us to see about being in a raft that has disintegrated?
(a) It can be liberating.
(b) It could never happen.
(c) We never needed a raft.
(d) Our innermost self finds a way in an emergency.

6. What does Chodron write that a woman she knew did in traffic?
(a) A daily negativity "detox."
(b) "Traffic of tonglen."
(c) A consistent 45 minute formal aspiration practice.
(d) "Sitting commute meditation."

7. What is lhenchak?
(a) A Tibetan term for how free-flowing love can go "astray."
(b) Happiness.
(c) An Indian term for "practicality meeting creativity."
(d) Tibetan for "missed opportunity to feel love."

8. What can the six ways of compassionate living do?
(a) Teach us to expect the unexpected.
(b) Take us beyond our fear of letting go.
(c) Teach us to live within our means.
(d) Fortify our relationships.

9. Why does Chodron write that rejoicing in things takes courage?
(a) Because we have to imagine more possibilities for ourselves.
(b) Because we have to think consistently about one thing for longer than we are used to.
(c) Because we have to create a new story of our lives.
(d) Because we have to drop our complaining.

10. Chodron writes that, "All activities should be done with one intention." What is that intention?
(a) To act from love.
(b) To live like today is our last day on the planet.
(c) To realize our connection with all beings.
(d) To live in the present.

11. Who is Jarvis Masters?
(a) A bank robber that Chodron read about.
(b) A man who was on death row.
(c) Chodron's former boyfriend.
(d) A comedian.

12. How does equanimity compare with our usual perspective?
(a) It is happier.
(b) It is less confusing.
(c) It is bigger.
(d) It is less happy.

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

14. What is most important in doing good deeds?
(a) Attitude.
(b) Being frank.
(c) Respect.
(d) Confidence.

15. What is equanimity?
(a) Being okay.
(b) Creating a happy space.
(c) Being happy.
(d) Being sad.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many near enemies of compassion are there?

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

3. What did the mother who wanted to help her heroin addicted son feel during her aspiration?

4. What is the name of the ship captain in traditional Buddhist stories?

5. What is another term for the six strengths?

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