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

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

3. According to Ladinksy, Hafiz's poetry has often been used in an ______ fashion, like astrology or the tarot.
(a) Vernacular.
(b) Oracular.
(c) Vestibular.
(d) Columnar.

4. Haifz uses his crush on a girl to symbolize his affection for God in the poem, "What the ______".
(a) Hell.
(b) Body wants.
(c) Soul wants.
(d) Heaven.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz encourages believers to make themselves sources of love and hope in the poem "Like a Life-Giving _____".

2. Hafiz studied under ______ another poet of great renown. He was taught poetry, chemistry, theology, nature and harmonious living.

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

4. Hafiz was known to live in ______, and even now there are as many copies of his Divan as there are copies of the Quran.

5. In the poem "I Have Learned so Much", Hafiz suggests that he is so _______ and freed that he can't even identify with a particular sex anymore.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story which is being told in the poem, "The Difference Between," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

4. In "When the Violin," what does Hafiz mean to use the violin imagery to symbolize in the poem?

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

6. What does Hafiz send with the animals in order to spy on God in "The Ear that was Sold to a Fish"?

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

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

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

10. What is the permission that Hafiz grants the reader in "Get the Blame Straight," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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