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

2. Where did the Buddha teach groundlessness?
(a) Vulture Peak Mountain.
(b) A beach.
(c) The Imperial Forest.
(d) The Firefly River.

3. What is the pirate's name in the traditional Buddhist story about a ship captain and a pirate?
(a) Bearded Bar.
(b) Erik the Enojar.
(c) Lewis.
(d) Angry Spearman.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Chodron write that her friend thought when he heard a woman screaming on the street?

3. What is strong determination?

4. How long does Chodron say that cultivating equanimity takes?

5. What does Chodron write about "shoulds" and "should nots"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Chodron define the "essence of bravery"?

2. What kinds of laziness does Chodron describe?

3. What are the three near enemies of compassion?

4. What is lhenchak?

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

6. What is the far enemy of compassion?

7. What does the author write about self-deception?

8. How do lhenchak and loving-kindness compare?

9. How does Chodron recommend we react when life is pleasant?

10. What are the six ways of compassionate living?

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