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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Forestry.
(b) Gardening.
(c) Shopping.
(d) Walking.

4. 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) Forty.
(b) Fifty.
(c) Sixty.
(d) Thirty.

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

6. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.
(a) Fourteenth.
(b) Fifteenth.
(c) Thirteenth.
(d) Sixteenth.

7. Hafiz studied under ______ another poet of great renown. He was taught poetry, chemistry, theology, nature and harmonious living.
(a) Lalla.
(b) Attar.
(c) Saadi.
(d) Rumi.

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

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

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

11. Hafiz describes the situation of an insect and uses it to teach about compassion towards the weak in the poem "Courteous to the _____".
(a) Beetle.
(b) Ant.
(c) Cockroach.
(d) Grasshopper.

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

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

14. In the poem "That Shapes the ______", Hafiz the purity and easy happiness of youth and the benefits of focusing on God in age.
(a) Face.
(b) Soul.
(c) Hands.
(d) Eye.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

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

3. Having demonstrated his ability as a poet, Hafiz won several positions including all of the following except ______.

4. Chapter 9 opens with the poem "The Prettiest ______" in which human beings are compared to dumb herding animals.

5. Hafiz uses the image of the ocean's defying gravity to symbolize a life in the supreme safety of "God's ______".

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