Quiz: What's Your Path to Peace?

Peacemakers all have the same basic goal, but there are many different ways of achieving peace, both in the world and in one's personal life. When it comes to world peace, there are those who think nonviolence is always the ultimate way to peace, and others who believe that it's ok to resort to violence when necessary in order to create a lasting peace. If you were a peace maker, which path would you take?

Q1. Besides ending war, what do you consider the most important cause of a peacemaker?
1. Social justice and an end to poverty
2. Security and the spread of democracy
3. National liberation
4. Civil rights and an end to discrimination
Q2. When do you believe it's ok to consider violence or war as an option?
1. Never. It's better to perish than survive by war.
2. Very rarely, but sometimes violent resistance is better than cowardice or no resistance at all.
3. Sometimes. Violent resistance is an acceptable option for freedom fighters and the oppressed who have not succeeded otherwise.
4. Violence and war can be redemptive and can lead to peace.
Q3. The concept of nonviolence is:
1. Cowardice
2. Bravery
3. A good, if impossible, ideal
4. Necessary saintliness
Q4. What's the best way to deal with someone who breaks the peace in a violent manner?
1. Treat the person with love to show them the error of their ways.
2. Stop the person even before they have the opportunity to act violently.
3. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, so do everything possible to rehabilitate the person.
4. Try to clear the way for peace instead of avenging past events. Attempt reconciliation through honest confession.
Q5. Your ideal peace protest would be:
1. A hunger strike
2. A boycott or strike against the government
3. A march or picketing
4. I wouldn't protest for peace.
Q6. The goal of peacemaking should be about spreading ______:
1. Love
2. Freedom
3. Nonviolence
4. Justice
Q7. With which of the following do you agree most?
1. "If we have to act, we will act to restrain the violent, and defend the cause of peace."
2. "It would be wrong... to continue preaching peace and non-violence at a time when the government met our... demands with force."
3. "Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world."
4. "If we do not emphasize the law of love we betray our trust, our vocation. We must stand opposed to the use of force."
Q8. Which type of peace do you strive for or would you most like to see happen?
1. Peace between nations
2. Peace between neighbors
3. Peace between different classes of people
4. Peace within yourself
Q9. When you have a problem with an acquaintance like a neighbor or coworker, what do you do?
1. Speak to the person calmly and tell him/her what is bothering me
2. Keep it to myself because I don't want to cause a conflict
3. Keep it to myself until it gets unbearable and then confront the person angrily
4. Talk to others about it but not the person who is bothering me
Q10. Is it ever OK to break the law or sacrifice moral principles in the name of peace?
1. It's never acceptable
2. It's an acceptable position but I wouldn't do it
3. It's acceptable only in dire situations like life or death
4. It's necessary to do so to achieve peace


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