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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 is said to have devoted himself to a ______ day vigil at the tomb of a saint said to be able to grant the deepest desires of anyone.
(a) Forty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Sixty.
(d) Fifty.

2. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.
(a) Sixteenth.
(b) Fourteenth.
(c) Fifteenth.
(d) Thirteenth.

3. During his studies of Islamic law, theology, grammar, math, astrology, and calligraphy, Hafiz worked as a ______ assistant.
(a) Blacksmith's.
(b) Calligrapher's.
(c) Butcher's.
(d) Baker's.

4. Hafiz encourages everyone to be a teacher in the poem "How do I _____".
(a) Teach.
(b) Listen.
(c) Speak.
(d) Tell.

5. Having demonstrated his ability as a poet, Hafiz won several positions including all of the following except ______.
(a) Poet laureate.
(b) College professor.
(c) Court poet.
(d) Teacher.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The poem "The Millstone's _____" describes God's unique ability to speak to the hearts deepest longings.

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".

4. In the poem, "_______" Hafiz describes the agony of shedding selfishness.

5. In the poem "I Hold the _______ Paw", Hafiz describes God as an animal with whom he dances.

Short Essay Questions

1. In "When the Violin," what does Hafiz mean to use the violin imagery to symbolize in the poem?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the message Hafiz tries to tell the reader in "Really Just a Tambourine," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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