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

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

3. Chapter one's poem's are more _______ and use imagery from nature, music, dining, fishing, hunting, etc.
(a) Light-hearted.
(b) Complicated.
(c) Heavy-hearted.
(d) Elegant.

4. Hafiz was known to live in ______, and even now there are as many copies of his Divan as there are copies of the Quran.
(a) Uffizi.
(b) Shiraz.
(c) Konia.
(d) Tabriz.

5. In the poem, "_______" Hafiz describes the agony of shedding selfishness.
(a) Atonement.
(b) Effacement.
(c) Embarassment.
(d) Allotment.

Short Answer Questions

1. The poem "Some Fill With Each Good _____" encourages people to give their most intimate affection to those who requite it.

2. The poem "Against my Own _____" sensuously describes the long-sought presence of God.

3. In the poem "Who Wrote the Music", Hafiz describes himself as the ________ of men's thoughts.

4. In the poem "That Shapes the ______", Hafiz the purity and easy happiness of youth and the benefits of focusing on God in age.

5. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz is thought of as an _______ so able was he to access the voice of God.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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