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

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

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

4. Hafiz uses agricultural images to express the idea that humans are God's precious crop in the poem "His Winter _____".
(a) Harvest.
(b) Solstice.
(c) Light.
(d) Crop.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the poem "Your _____ and my _______" Hafiz describes the eternal communion between souls.

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

3. During his studies of Islamic law, theology, grammar, math, astrology, and calligraphy, Hafiz worked as a ______ assistant.

4. The poem "Against my Own _____" sensuously describes the long-sought presence of God.

5. _______ was a major part of Persian culture including such accomplished masters as Saadi, Attar, and Rumi.

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "Every City is a Dulcimer," what has everything in the world been created for?

2. What does Hafiz say the reader should do in "Forgive the Dream," according to this translation of Hafiz?

3. Within "The Heart of Right, " Hafiz describes the rightness of mourning at what time?

4. What has happened to worship, according to Hafiz in "Buttering the Sky" according to this translation of Hafiz?

5. What is the ratio of copies of Hafiz's work in relation to the Quran in his own hometown city of Shiraz?

6. What is the imagery that Hafiz uses in the poem, "Someone Untied Your Camel"?

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

8. What does "What Should We Do About the Moon?" describe to the reader, from Hafiz's point of view?

9. What is the message Hafiz tries to tell the reader in "Really Just a Tambourine," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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