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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 "Some Fill With Each Good _____" encourages people to give their most intimate affection to those who requite it.
(a) Snow.
(b) Wind.
(c) Sun.
(d) Rain.

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

3. Hafiz uses guests at a ______ party as object lessons in the poem "If God Invited you to a Party".
(a) Outrageous.
(b) Holy.
(c) Private.
(d) Drunken.

4. The poem "A ______ Feather" is used to describe the process of going through flawed spiritual understanding before spiritual maturity.
(a) Strange.
(b) Colored.
(c) Light.
(d) Bright.

5. In the poem "What the Hell" Hafiz is unable to contain his ecstatic love and decorates a girl's house with _____.
(a) Flowers.
(b) Birds.
(c) Poems.
(d) Pictures.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Hafiz became a ______ master in his sixties after studying for decades and trying to win the heart of a local beauty.

3. Hafiz uses the image of the ocean's defying gravity to symbolize a life in the supreme safety of "God's ______".

4. Hafiz describes the hopelessness and lack of compassion that characterize people who have lost their way in the poem "Someone Untied Your _____".

5. The poem "A _____ Rim" describes his soul flying from him into heaven to sing with God.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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