- What is P’u? Read the instructions on page 10, and try to pronounce the Chinese word P’u.
- Using the quotes provided in the text from Winnie-the-Pooh explain the importance of The Un-carved Block, the character of Winnie and then contrast it with the descriptions of Rabbit and Eeyore.
- What is the result of achieving the Un-carved Block?
Chapter 3: Spelling Tuesday (p. 23-36)
- Explain: the following quote from the Taoist thinker Chuang-tse:
nor can a summer insect conceive of ice
How then can a scholar understand the Tao?
He is restricted by his own learning.
- Describe the “Confucianist Dessicated Scholar.”
Chapter 4: Cottleston Pie (p. 36-65)
- Explain what Cottleston Pie is all about. Include the two ancient stories about Chuang-tse and the two quotes from Pooh’s song: (p. 39)
“A fish can’t whistle and neither can I”.
- Explain the Chinese proverb: “One disease long life, no disease short life.” (p. 48)
- Hoff claims that scientific explanations for instinct for example lead to more questions rather than answers. Do you agree?
- Explain the following saying from Lao Tse ‘...the bad can be raw material for the good.’ (p.61)
- How is Tigger’s bouncing used for good? (p.65)
Chapter 8: Nowhere and Nothing (p. 140-152)
- What is T’ai Hsu?
How can it help one find the Tao?
- How can it help you solve problems?
- Claude Debussy said “Music is the space between the notes.” Explain what you think this means.
- What do children and sages have in common?