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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. Life itself, rather than religion is described by Hafiz as the way to finding God in the poem "The _____ of Existence".
(a) Beauty.
(b) Stairway.
(c) Pathway.
(d) Door.

2. It is suggested in the fourth chapter that ______ is a transformer of perspective and character.
(a) Schooling.
(b) Humility.
(c) Employment.
(d) Worship.

3. In the chapter's closing poem "That Magnificent ______", Hafiz compares himself to a cypress.
(a) Being.
(b) Rainbow.
(c) Tree.
(d) Storm.

4. Chapter 9 opens with the poem "The Prettiest ______" in which human beings are compared to dumb herding animals.
(a) Donkey.
(b) Sheep.
(c) Cow.
(d) Mule.

5. According to the Islamic fundamentalist leaders, it was ______ to claim intimacy with the divine.
(a) Rhetoric.
(b) Devout.
(c) Standard practice.
(d) Blasphemy.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ladinksy, Hafiz's poetry has often been used in an ______ fashion, like astrology or the tarot.

2. Having demonstrated his ability as a poet, Hafiz won several positions including all of the following except ______.

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

4. Hafiz describes the unity of God and his worshipers in the poem "Laughing at the word _______."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the request Hafiz makes of believers in the poem, "Out of This Mess"?

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