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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 "Love is the Funeral Pyre" returns to the idea of burning away all that is ______.
(a) Constructive.
(b) Destructive.
(c) Beautiful.
(d) Divine.

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

3. Hafiz encourages believers to make themselves sources of love and hope in the poem "Like a Life-Giving _____".
(a) Earth.
(b) Moon.
(c) Sun.
(d) Planet.

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

5. Hafiz describes the unity of God and his worshipers in the poem "Laughing at the word _______."
(a) Three.
(b) Many.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz wrote between _______ poems, some of which were destroyed by fundamentalist Islamic leaders.

2. Hafiz asks the reader to forgive this illusory life for its painfulness in the poem "Forgive the _____".

3. Hafiz describes God as a Golden ______ that takes the soul soaring in the poem titled "Lifts Beyond Conception".

4. Hafiz is said to have devoted himself to a ______ day vigil at the tomb of a saint said to be able to grant the deepest desires of anyone.

5. In the poem "That Shapes the ______", Hafiz the purity and easy happiness of youth and the benefits of focusing on God in age.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hafiz reveal about himself in "Mismatched Newlyweds," according to this translation?

2. What does Ladinsky have to say about his interpretation of Hafiz and what he did with the translation?

3. What did Queen Victoria do with the poetry of Hafiz when she read it during her reign?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the shame of which Hafiz speaks in "Why Just Ask the Donkey"?

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

10. What is the main metaphor which is being used when Hafiz writes, "Looking for a Good Fish"?

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