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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the poem, "_______" Hafiz describes the agony of shedding selfishness.
(a) Effacement.
(b) Allotment.
(c) Embarassment.
(d) Atonement.

2. Daniel Ladinsky describes Hafiz as a poet who has inspired some of the worlds greatest _______.
(a) Writers.
(b) Poets.
(c) Musicians.
(d) Playwrights.

3. The poem "When the Violin" uses the image of the violin to represent a _____ freed to make music in God's hands.
(a) Mind.
(b) Spirit.
(c) Heart.
(d) Soul.

4. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz wrote between _______ poems, some of which were destroyed by fundamentalist Islamic leaders.
(a) 300-500.
(b) 30-50.
(c) 500-700.
(d) 50-70.

5. The poem "Don't _____ Again" opens up the fifth chapter and encourages people to seek God throughout their life.
(a) Live.
(b) Resist.
(c) Stop.
(d) Die.

6. In the poem "We Have not Come to Take ________", Hafiz suggests that people run from those who threaten one's spiritual vision.
(a) Valuables.
(b) Cattle.
(c) Names.
(d) Prisoners.

7. Hafiz sometimes includes himself in his poems in the _______ person as a way of signing them.
(a) Fourth.
(b) First.
(c) Second.
(d) Third.

8. Chapter one's poem's are more _______ and use imagery from nature, music, dining, fishing, hunting, etc.
(a) Elegant.
(b) Light-hearted.
(c) Heavy-hearted.
(d) Complicated.

9. The poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" uses the symbolism of blooming nature to describe the blossoming revelation of God.
(a) Red.
(b) White.
(c) Blue.
(d) Yellow.

10. Life itself, rather than religion is described by Hafiz as the way to finding God in the poem "The _____ of Existence".
(a) Stairway.
(b) Door.
(c) Pathway.
(d) Beauty.

11. In the poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" Hafiz uses the symbols of the illusory Earth falling away and the fullness of God opening like a ____ in his heart.
(a) White, Rose.
(b) Yellow, Rose.
(c) Blue, Lilly.
(d) Blue, Rose.

12. Hafiz believed that a Perfect Master personifies all of the following qualities except _______ and expresses them in every activity of life.
(a) Perfect knowing.
(b) Perfect health.
(c) Perfect love.
(d) Perfect joy.

13. Hafiz won the admiration of the Zoroastrian master ______ who said that Hafiz's poetry contains all the secrets of the spiritual path.
(a) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(b) Meher Baba.
(c) Jalaluddin Rumi.
(d) Tabriz.

14. Ladinsky used the work of ______ published in 1891 to guide this particular translation of Hafiz's work.
(a) Meher Baba.
(b) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(c) Henry S. Mindlin.
(d) H. Wilberforce Clarke.

15. Hafiz's home city was one of the few to have not been ravaged by the invasions of the Mongols and the _______.
(a) Tartars.
(b) Romans.
(c) Greeks.
(d) Egyptians.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz instructs people to learn to see cause to celebrate even the mundane in the poem "If the Falling of a _____"

2. In "The Seed Cracked Open", Hafiz describes the finding of the relationship with God to an opened ______.

3. According to Ladinksy, Hafiz's poetry has often been used in an ______ fashion, like astrology or the tarot.

4. Comparing God to a Lion, Hafiz suggests that worshipers learn to hold the ______ paw.

5. The eighth chapter opens with the poem "Get the Blame Straight" granting humanity the right to blame and ____ God for everything.

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