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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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) Intimidation.
(d) Supplication.

6. Hafiz believed that a Perfect Master personifies all of the following qualities except _______ and expresses them in every activity of life.
(a) Perfect joy.
(b) Perfect knowing.
(c) Perfect love.
(d) Perfect health.

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

8. In the poem "The Ear That was Sold to a _____" Hafiz sends body parts with far-flung animals to spy on God.
(a) Fish.
(b) Bird.
(c) Cat.
(d) Pig.

9. According to the Islamic fundamentalist leaders, it was ______ to claim intimacy with the divine.
(a) Blasphemy.
(b) Rhetoric.
(c) Standard practice.
(d) Devout.

10. It is suggested in the fourth chapter that ______ is a transformer of perspective and character.
(a) Employment.
(b) Schooling.
(c) Humility.
(d) Worship.

11. Hafiz uses the image of all creation applauding in the warm gaze of God in the poem "Life Starts ______".
(a) Clapping.
(b) Celebrating.
(c) Laughing.
(d) Smiling.

12. Hafiz won the admiration of the Zoroastrian master ______ who said that Hafiz's poetry contains all the secrets of the spiritual path.
(a) Tabriz.
(b) Jalaluddin Rumi.
(c) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(d) Meher Baba.

13. Hafiz uses the image of being on a mule exploring God's wonder in the poem "The Mule Got Drunk and Lost in _____".
(a) The desert.
(b) Heaven.
(c) The woods.
(d) Hell.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. The seventh chapter closes with praise of mediation in the poem "Let ______ Become Your Beautiful Lover".

2. The poem "Some Fill With Each Good _____" encourages people to give their most intimate affection to those who requite it.

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

4. Hafiz became a ______ master in his sixties after studying for decades and trying to win the heart of a local beauty.

5. Hafiz instructs people to learn to see cause to celebrate even the mundane in the poem "If the Falling of a _____"

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