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

2. In Hafiz's poem "Wise Men Keep Talking About" God is portrayed as a ______ and life is a love factory.
(a) Child.
(b) Man.
(c) Woman.
(d) Teddy bear.

3. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz wrote between _______ poems, some of which were destroyed by fundamentalist Islamic leaders.
(a) 500-700.
(b) 50-70.
(c) 300-500.
(d) 30-50.

4. The poem "Removing the ______ From the Temple" describes any place where where is praying as the temple of God.
(a) Shoe.
(b) Hat.
(c) Shirt.
(d) Sock.

5. The poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" uses the symbolism of blooming nature to describe the blossoming revelation of God.
(a) Red.
(b) Blue.
(c) Yellow.
(d) White.

Short Answer Questions

1. The poem "When the Violin" uses the image of the violin to represent a _____ freed to make music in God's hands.

2. Comparing God to a Lion, Hafiz suggests that worshipers learn to hold the ______ paw.

3. Chapter one's poem's are more _______ and use imagery from nature, music, dining, fishing, hunting, etc.

4. Hafiz believed that God was too powerful and benevolent to resort to ______ and condemnation to elicit devotion from his children.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the point of the poem, "Some Fill with Each Good Rain," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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