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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 "Muhammad's _____" Hafiz uses the metaphor of spider-web-weaving to describe finding God.
(a) Spider.
(b) Friend.
(c) Twin.
(d) Soul.

2. Hafiz's home city was one of the few to have not been ravaged by the invasions of the Mongols and the _______.
(a) Greeks.
(b) Romans.
(c) Tartars.
(d) Egyptians.

3. In the poem "_____ Man" Hafiz describes the work of refining character without breaking it.
(a) Aged.
(b) Vintage.
(c) Humble.
(d) Great.

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

5. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz is thought of as an _______ so able was he to access the voice of God.
(a) Astronaut.
(b) Artist.
(c) Oracle.
(d) Apothecary.

Short Answer Questions

1. The poems in Chapter Three go deeper into the human psyche an use ______ lessons instead of universal truths.

2. 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.

3. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.

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

5. The poem "The Millstone's _____" describes God's unique ability to speak to the hearts deepest longings.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Hafiz's desire to speak the universal truths in his poems, according to the translator?

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

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

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

5. Why were Hafiz's poems destroyed by the fundamentalist Islamic leadership?

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

7. What is the symbolism which is being used in "Please," according to this translation of Hafiz?

8. What is being cultivated in the garden images as described in "Your Seed Pouch"?

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

10. What is the purpose of the poem, "Everywhere, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

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