The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Pema Chödrön
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the three characteristics of human existence?

2. What does the author cite Trungpa RInpoche as teaching?

3. How does Chodron suggest we cultivate bravery?

4. What poet does the author quote as saying, "If I don't get a vision on Desolation Peak, then my name ain't William Blake."

5. Who taught that there are three principal characteristics of human existence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ways does Chodron write that meditation can be misused?

2. What are the three principles that the Buddha taught to be characteristic of human existence?

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

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

5. What are the qualities of maitri that are cultivated when we meditate?

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

7. Why does Chodron mention a walled, protected community in Florida?

8. What does Chodron compare to "tapping into a spring of living water that has been temporarily encased in solid rock"?

9. Why does Pema Chodron argue that most of us sow the seeds of our own suffering?

10. According to Chodron, what is our relationship with enlightenment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Chodron, there are five strengths. What are these? Why are they important for her?

Essay Topic 2

What does the author compare our fears in life to? What analogy does she make? Do you think this is an effective analogy? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

According to Chodron, what are the lojong slogans? How do they compliment the teachings in the other sections of the book? What are they used for? Which lojong slogan does the author describe in greatest detail?

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