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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. Hafiz believed that God was too powerful and benevolent to resort to ______ and condemnation to elicit devotion from his children.
(a) Supplication.
(b) Intimidation.
(c) Propagation.
(d) Consternation.

2. Hafiz grew up in simple surroundings as the son of a _______ who died when Hafiz was only a teenager.
(a) Coal merchant.
(b) Silversmith.
(c) Priest.
(d) Writer.

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

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

5. Daniel Ladinsky describes Hafiz as a poet who has inspired some of the worlds greatest _______.
(a) Playwrights.
(b) Musicians.
(c) Poets.
(d) Writers.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter two, Hafiz's poems portray him as a kind of _______ using his own experiences to offer wisdom.

2. Hafiz describes the situation of an insect and uses it to teach about compassion towards the weak in the poem "Courteous to the _____".

3. Hafiz won the admiration of the Zoroastrian master ______ who said that Hafiz's poetry contains all the secrets of the spiritual path.

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

5. In the poem "Muhammad's _____" Hafiz uses the metaphor of spider-web-weaving to describe finding God.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Hafiz encourage the reader to do in "Don't Die Again" according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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