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Multiple Choice Questions

1. During his studies of Islamic law, theology, grammar, math, astrology, and calligraphy, Hafiz worked as a ______ assistant.
(a) Blacksmith's.
(b) Baker's.
(c) Butcher's.
(d) Calligrapher's.

2. In the poem "Your _____ and my _______" Hafiz describes the eternal communion between souls.
(a) Brother.
(b) Hand.
(c) Mother.
(d) Heart.

3. In the poem "The Ear That was Sold to a _____" Hafiz sends body parts with far-flung animals to spy on God.
(a) Cat.
(b) Bird.
(c) Fish.
(d) Pig.

4. Hafiz grew up in simple surroundings as the son of a _______ who died when Hafiz was only a teenager.
(a) Silversmith.
(b) Coal merchant.
(c) Priest.
(d) Writer.

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

6. The poems in Chapter Three go deeper into the human psyche an use ______ lessons instead of universal truths.
(a) Object.
(b) Subject.
(c) Introject.
(d) Project.

7. Hafiz is said to have devoted himself to a ______ day vigil at the tomb of a saint said to be able to grant the deepest desires of anyone.
(a) Fifty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Sixty.
(d) Forty.

8. Within his poetry, Hafiz tells the reader that he is speaking _______ truths mean to free people to celebrate and revel in the divine.
(a) Moral.
(b) Selective.
(c) Universal.
(d) Archaic.

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

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

11. Hafiz believed that God was too powerful and benevolent to resort to ______ and condemnation to elicit devotion from his children.
(a) Consternation.
(b) Intimidation.
(c) Supplication.
(d) Propagation.

12. The eighth chapter opens with the poem "Get the Blame Straight" granting humanity the right to blame and ____ God for everything.
(a) Credit.
(b) Criticize.
(c) Denounce.
(d) Rebel against.

13. 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) Blue, Lilly.
(b) White, Rose.
(c) Yellow, Rose.
(d) Blue, Rose.

14. _______ was a major part of Persian culture including such accomplished masters as Saadi, Attar, and Rumi.
(a) Sculpting.
(b) Baking.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Painting.

15. The poem "Love is the Funeral Pyre" returns to the idea of burning away all that is ______.
(a) Beautiful.
(b) Destructive.
(c) Constructive.
(d) Divine.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ladinsky used the work of ______ published in 1891 to guide this particular translation of Hafiz's work.

2. The poem "This Sane Idea" asks that people leave their ______ behind when going on the search for God.

3. In the chapter's closing poem "That Magnificent ______", Hafiz compares himself to a cypress.

4. In the poem "That Shapes the ______", Hafiz the purity and easy happiness of youth and the benefits of focusing on God in age.

5. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.

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