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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The opening essay gives the approximate dates during which Hafiz lived and states that he was a contemporary of _______.
(a) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(b) H. Wilberforce Clarke.
(c) Henry S. Mindlin.
(d) William Shakespeare.

2. One of the major themes of the poems in the seventh chapter is discerning _____ from counterfeit.
(a) Money.
(b) Truth.
(c) Relationship.
(d) God.

3. 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) Depressed.
(b) Burned up.
(c) Silent.
(d) Solemn.

4. Haifz uses his crush on a girl to symbolize his affection for God in the poem, "What the ______".
(a) Soul wants.
(b) Hell.
(c) Body wants.
(d) Heaven.

5. Hafiz uses the image of the ocean's defying gravity to symbolize a life in the supreme safety of "God's ______".
(a) Well.
(b) Bowl.
(c) Bucket.
(d) Chalice.

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

7. God's dance is described by Hafiz as being the ultimate source of all movement in the poem "No _____".
(a) Conflict.
(b) Problem.
(c) Rest.
(d) Stopping.

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

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

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

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

12. The poem "The Millstone's _____" describes God's unique ability to speak to the hearts deepest longings.
(a) Deceptions.
(b) Grinding.
(c) Offerings.
(d) Talents.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz uses the image of being on a mule exploring God's wonder in the poem "The Mule Got Drunk and Lost in _____".

2. Life itself, rather than religion is described by Hafiz as the way to finding God in the poem "The _____ of Existence".

3. The poem "When the Violin" uses the image of the violin to represent a _____ freed to make music in God's hands.

4. In the poem "Curfews" ______ is the key to freedom that Hafiz offers to the reader.

5. Chapter 7 opens with the poem "Really Just a ______" in which Hafiz suggests everything is God's musical instrument.

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