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

2. Hafiz believed that a Perfect Master personifies all of the following qualities except _______ and expresses them in every activity of life.
(a) Perfect love.
(b) Perfect knowing.
(c) Perfect health.
(d) Perfect joy.

3. Hafiz refers to the process of growing in love and knowledge by making oneself a student of a master in these things "The _____ Work".
(a) Great.
(b) Good.
(c) Meaningful.
(d) Important.

4. The poem "A _____ Rim" describes his soul flying from him into heaven to sing with God.
(a) Crystal.
(b) Gossamer.
(c) Glass.
(d) Golden.

5. One of the major themes of the poems in the seventh chapter is discerning _____ from counterfeit.
(a) God.
(b) Truth.
(c) Money.
(d) Relationship.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Hafiz studied under ______ another poet of great renown. He was taught poetry, chemistry, theology, nature and harmonious living.

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

4. The poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" uses the symbolism of blooming nature to describe the blossoming revelation of God.

5. In the poem "Curfews" ______ is the key to freedom that Hafiz offers to the reader.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the overall expression found in "A Strange Feather, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Hafiz believe about the power of God and his power in the world of men?

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

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