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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the poem "What the Hell" Hafiz is unable to contain his ecstatic love and decorates a girl's house with _____.
(a) Pictures.
(b) Birds.
(c) Flowers.
(d) Poems.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz describes the situation of an insect and uses it to teach about compassion towards the weak in the poem "Courteous to the _____".

2. In the poem "Who Wrote the Music", Hafiz describes himself as the ________ of men's thoughts.

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

4. According to Ladinksy, Hafiz's poetry has often been used in an ______ fashion, like astrology or the tarot.

5. Hafiz uses guests at a ______ party as object lessons in the poem "If God Invited you to a Party".

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the source of distraction, according to Hafiz's poem, "Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing?"

2. What is the reminder that Hafiz presents to the reader in "Now is the Time, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

3. How is Hafiz described in "In Need of the Breath," according to this translation of Hafiz?

4. What is the symbolism used to describe God in "Lifts Beyond Conception,"according to this translation of Hafiz?

5. In "The Sad Game," what is the imagery which is being used to describe the theft done by guilt?

6. What does Hafiz believe about the power of God and his power in the world of men?

7. What happens within the poem and story in "Bring the Man to Me," according to this translation of Hafiz?

8. In "I Rain," to what is Hafiz's poetry compared within the actions of nature and weather?

9. What does Hafiz encourage the reader to do once they bail out from churches, according to this translation of Hafiz?

10. How are communing worshipers described in "When You Wake," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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