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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) Tell.
(b) Teach.
(c) Listen.
(d) Speak.

2. In the poem "What the Hell" Hafiz is unable to contain his ecstatic love and decorates a girl's house with _____.
(a) Poems.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Birds.
(d) Pictures.

3. The poem "This Sane Idea" asks that people leave their ______ behind when going on the search for God.
(a) Clothes.
(b) Egos.
(c) Animals.
(d) Tempers.

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

5. The poem "The Millstone's _____" describes God's unique ability to speak to the hearts deepest longings.
(a) Deceptions.
(b) Talents.
(c) Offerings.
(d) Grinding.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hafiz believed that a Perfect Master personifies all of the following qualities except _______ and expresses them in every activity of life.

2. Ladinsky used the work of ______ published in 1891 to guide this particular translation of Hafiz's work.

3. In the poem "We Have not Come to Take ________", Hafiz suggests that people run from those who threaten one's spiritual vision.

4. Hafiz deals with the issue of men listening to their worst selves in the poem "______ Deals".

5. Hafiz sometimes includes himself in his poems in the _______ person as a way of signing them.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism which is being used in "Please," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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

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