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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The poem "A ______ Feather" is used to describe the process of going through flawed spiritual understanding before spiritual maturity.
(a) Strange.
(b) Colored.
(c) Bright.
(d) Light.

2. Hafiz describes the unity of God and his worshipers in the poem "Laughing at the word _______."
(a) Many.
(b) Two.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

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

4. 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) Solemn.
(c) Burned up.
(d) Silent.

5. In the poem "Curfews" ______ is the key to freedom that Hafiz offers to the reader.
(a) Silence.
(b) Joy.
(c) Laughter.
(d) Remembrance.

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

7. Hafiz reveals his own _____ in asking for divine affection in the poem called "Mismatched Newlyweds".
(a) Shyness.
(b) Arrogance.
(c) Boldness.
(d) Despair.

8. In the poem "_____ God" Hafiz uses the imagery of a concert in the heavens and the tedious work of breaking God apart.
(a) Dividing.
(b) Splitting.
(c) Separating.
(d) Divining.

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

10. The poem "Against my Own _____" sensuously describes the long-sought presence of God.
(a) Face.
(b) Foot.
(c) Cheek.
(d) Hand.

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

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

13. Comparing God to a Lion, Hafiz suggests that worshipers learn to hold the ______ paw.
(a) Clawed.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) Sweaty.
(d) Untamed.

14. Hafiz describes God as a Golden ______ that takes the soul soaring in the poem titled "Lifts Beyond Conception".
(a) Sparrow.
(b) Dove.
(c) Nightingale.
(d) Eagle.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

5. The poems "God Just Came Near", "The Sun Never Says", and "The Seed Cracked Open" use imagery from ______ to describe the connection to God.

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