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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz is thought of as an _______ so able was he to access the voice of God.
(a) Artist.
(b) Apothecary.
(c) Oracle.
(d) Astronaut.

2. The poem "Startled by God" uses the image of _____ startled by a broken stick.
(a) Deer.
(b) Rabbits.
(c) Birds.
(d) Pigs.

3. Chapter 7 opens with the poem "Really Just a ______" in which Hafiz suggests everything is God's musical instrument.
(a) Tamborine.
(b) Drum.
(c) Flute.
(d) Violin.

4. The poem "A _____ Rim" describes his soul flying from him into heaven to sing with God.
(a) Crystal.
(b) Glass.
(c) Golden.
(d) Gossamer.

5. In the chapter's closing poem "That Magnificent ______", Hafiz compares himself to a cypress.
(a) Tree.
(b) Being.
(c) Storm.
(d) Rainbow.

6. Hafiz became a ______ master in his sixties after studying for decades and trying to win the heart of a local beauty.
(a) Sufi.
(b) Zoroastrian.
(c) Zen.
(d) Shiite.

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

8. Hafiz asks the reader to forgive this illusory life for its painfulness in the poem "Forgive the _____".
(a) Vision.
(b) Dream.
(c) Illusion.
(d) Pain.

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

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

11. The poems "God Just Came Near", "The Sun Never Says", and "The Seed Cracked Open" use imagery from ______ to describe the connection to God.
(a) Walking.
(b) Shopping.
(c) Forestry.
(d) Gardening.

12. Hafiz encourages believers to make themselves sources of love and hope in the poem "Like a Life-Giving _____".
(a) Planet.
(b) Moon.
(c) Sun.
(d) Earth.

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

14. In the poem "I Hold the _______ Paw", Hafiz describes God as an animal with whom he dances.
(a) Lion's.
(b) Tiger's.
(c) Cat's.
(d) Dog's.

15. In the poem "I Have Learned so Much", Hafiz suggests that he is so _______ and freed that he can't even identify with a particular sex anymore.
(a) Silent.
(b) Solemn.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Burned up.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz studied under ______ another poet of great renown. He was taught poetry, chemistry, theology, nature and harmonious living.

2. In the poem "We Have not Come to Take ________", Hafiz suggests that people run from those who threaten one's spiritual vision.

3. Hafiz uses agricultural images to express the idea that humans are God's precious crop in the poem "His Winter _____".

4. In the poem "_____ Man" Hafiz describes the work of refining character without breaking it.

5. In the poem "Muhammad's _____" Hafiz uses the metaphor of spider-web-weaving to describe finding God.

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