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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. In the poem "I Have Learned so Much", Hafiz suggests that he is so _______ and freed that he can't even identify with a particular sex anymore.
(a) Burned up.
(b) Depressed.
(c) Silent.
(d) Solemn.

2. The poem "Don't _____ Again" opens up the fifth chapter and encourages people to seek God throughout their life.
(a) Resist.
(b) Live.
(c) Die.
(d) Stop.

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

4. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz is thought of as an _______ so able was he to access the voice of God.
(a) Apothecary.
(b) Oracle.
(c) Artist.
(d) Astronaut.

5. Hafiz grew up in simple surroundings as the son of a _______ who died when Hafiz was only a teenager.
(a) Silversmith.
(b) Writer.
(c) Priest.
(d) Coal merchant.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his poem "That Regal _____", Hafiz uses a garment to symbolize the joy of living in God's love.

2. Hafiz became a ______ master in his sixties after studying for decades and trying to win the heart of a local beauty.

3. According to the Islamic fundamentalist leaders, it was ______ to claim intimacy with the divine.

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

5. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz was the youngest child of the family having _____ older brothers.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to Hafiz in "I Hold the Lion's Paw," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

8. What is the request Hafiz makes of believers in the poem, "Out of This Mess"?

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

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

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