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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. 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.

2. In the poem, "_______" Hafiz describes the agony of shedding selfishness.
(a) Effacement.
(b) Allotment.
(c) Atonement.
(d) Embarassment.

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

4. Hafiz uses the image of sunlight on a ______ to describe love in the poem "It Felt Love".
(a) Rose.
(b) Carnation.
(c) Tulip.
(d) Lily.

5. Daniel Ladinsky describes Hafiz as a poet who has inspired some of the worlds greatest _______.
(a) Poets.
(b) Writers.
(c) Playwrights.
(d) Musicians.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz was the youngest child of the family having _____ older brothers.

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

4. The poem "A ______ Feather" is used to describe the process of going through flawed spiritual understanding before spiritual maturity.

5. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz is thought of as an _______ so able was he to access the voice of God.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the overall expression found in "A Strange Feather, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

2. In "God's Bucket," what does the symbolism of the roaring ocean seem to say, according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

4. What does Hafiz encourage the reader to do in "Don't Die Again" 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 reveal about himself in "Mismatched Newlyweds," according to this translation?

7. What happens to Hafiz in "I Hold the Lion's Paw," according to this translation of Hafiz?

8. What do people think was the source of Hafiz's wisdom in relation to the words that he chose to write?

9. What was so special about Shiraz where Hafiz grew up, unlike many of the other surrounding cities?

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

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