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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 undermines our wakeful energy?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Depression.
(d) Fear.

2. Which of the following is one of the six ways of compassionate living?
(a) Patience.
(b) Effort.
(c) Confidence.
(d) Work.

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

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

5. What is overwhelm?
(a) Resentment.
(b) Boredom.
(c) "A holier-than-thou attitude."
(d) "A sense of helplessness."

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of harmful conduct does the warrior avoid?

2. What happens to equanimity when we can "dwell in the places that scare us"?

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

4. Why can our good fortune be hard to miss?

5. What upset the woman who was always late in Chodron's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author claim can be achieved through the six ways of compassionate living?

2. What is a traditional aspiration for awakening joy and appreciation?

3. What kinds of laziness does Chodron describe?

4. What are the stages of learning to rejoice?

5. How does Chodron describe laziness characterized by wanting to avoid inconvenience?

6. How was Shariputra an example for students during the Buddha's teaching at Vulture Peak Mountain (in his teachings known as The Heart Sutra)?

7. What does Chodron write are the best ways to practice not doing harm?

8. What is the role of austerity in this text?

9. Why does the author claim that with bodhichitta practices, we eventually feel more joy?

10. What is lhenchak?

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