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Pema Chödrön
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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. What does Chodron claim is our relationship to reaching out to others?
(a) She writes that we can do it only with great effort.
(b) She claims that this is always hard work, and never natural for us.
(c) She argues that there is no point in trying to do this.
(d) She writes that this is our natural inclination.

2. Which does Chodron consider more emotionally challenging: loving-kindness or compassion?
(a) Compassion, because it involves looking at things in a new way.
(b) Compassion, because it involves feeling pain.
(c) Loving-kindness, because people can be annoying.
(d) Loving-kindness, because it is easy to want to retaliate.

3. What is the third lord of materialism?
(a) The lord of ambition.
(b) The lord of mind.
(c) The lord of applause.
(d) The lord of convenience.

4. Where does Chodron write that she got her idea of what was real as she grew up in the 1950s?
(a) Her family.
(b) Television.
(c) School.
(d) Church.

5. Which of the following does Chodron recommend?
(a) Do not expect applause.
(b) Relax slowly into meditation, and it will be less strenuous on your body.
(c) Remember only positive moments from the past.
(d) Do not eat food that will make your mind race.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chodron claim is the most difficult step in any practice?

2. What insight did the woman give whom the author mentions is constantly on a diet?

3. What does Chodron claim we cultivate through making aspirations?

4. What is the second of the three lords of materialism?

5. What advice did the author receive as a six year old?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chodron describe the experience of a young woman who was in a foreign country, surrounded by people throwing stones at her?

2. What is bodhichitta?

3. What are the stages of the formal practice of loving-kindness?

4. What is the role of interconnectedness in the kind of training that Chodron proposes?

5. How did the nineteenth century yogi Patrul Rinpoche suggest arousing compassion?

6. Under what conditions does the author claim that people can "train" to be a warrior?

7. Why does the author include an anecdote about finding her boyfriend "passionately embracing another woman"?

8. Chodron asserts that there are two options in life. The first is "to grow up and relate to life directly." What is the second?

9. What image of maitri does Chodron use to explain the concept?

10. What are the four limitless qualities?

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