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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 studied under ______ another poet of great renown. He was taught poetry, chemistry, theology, nature and harmonious living.
(a) Attar.
(b) Saadi.
(c) Rumi.
(d) Lalla.

2. In the poem "_____ God" Hafiz uses the imagery of a concert in the heavens and the tedious work of breaking God apart.
(a) Separating.
(b) Dividing.
(c) Divining.
(d) Splitting.

3. In the poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" Hafiz uses the symbols of the illusory Earth falling away and the fullness of God opening like a ____ in his heart.
(a) White, Rose.
(b) Blue, Lilly.
(c) Blue, Rose.
(d) Yellow, Rose.

4. In the poem "Curfews" ______ is the key to freedom that Hafiz offers to the reader.
(a) Laughter.
(b) Joy.
(c) Silence.
(d) Remembrance.

5. The poems in Chapter Three go deeper into the human psyche an use ______ lessons instead of universal truths.
(a) Project.
(b) Subject.
(c) Introject.
(d) Object.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The eighth chapter opens with the poem "Get the Blame Straight" granting humanity the right to blame and ____ God for everything.

3. The poem "So Many _____" is used by Hafiz to represent all the blessings of God that go unclaimed.

4. Hafiz describes God as a Golden ______ that takes the soul soaring in the poem titled "Lifts Beyond Conception".

5. Hafiz asks the reader to forgive this illusory life for its painfulness in the poem "Forgive the _____".

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the story which is being told in the poem, "The Difference Between," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

6. What is being cultivated in the garden images as described in "Your Seed Pouch"?

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

8. Why were Hafiz's poems destroyed by the fundamentalist Islamic leadership?

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

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

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