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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the poem "Muhammad's _____" Hafiz uses the metaphor of spider-web-weaving to describe finding God.
(a) Soul.
(b) Friend.
(c) Spider.
(d) Twin.

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

3. 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.

4. Ladinsky suggests that Hafiz is on the same level as other luminaries including all of the following except _______.
(a) Lalla.
(b) Rumi.
(c) Ramakrishna.
(d) Francis of Assisi.

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

6. In "The Seed Cracked Open", Hafiz describes the finding of the relationship with God to an opened ______.
(a) Seed.
(b) Flower.
(c) Window.
(d) Door.

7. 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) Blue, Rose.
(c) Blue, Lilly.
(d) White, Rose.

8. In the poem "We Have not Come to Take ________", Hafiz suggests that people run from those who threaten one's spiritual vision.
(a) Cattle.
(b) Names.
(c) Valuables.
(d) Prisoners.

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

10. In the poem "_____ Man" Hafiz describes the work of refining character without breaking it.
(a) Aged.
(b) Great.
(c) Vintage.
(d) Humble.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz uses the image of all creation applauding in the warm gaze of God in the poem "Life Starts ______".

2. Hafiz grew up in simple surroundings as the son of a _______ who died when Hafiz was only a teenager.

3. Hafiz describes the hopelessness and lack of compassion that characterize people who have lost their way in the poem "Someone Untied Your _____".

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

5. In the poem "What the Hell" Hafiz is unable to contain his ecstatic love and decorates a girl's house with _____.

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