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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The seventh chapter closes with praise of mediation in the poem "Let ______ Become Your Beautiful Lover".

3. Hafiz won the admiration of the Zoroastrian master ______ who said that Hafiz's poetry contains all the secrets of the spiritual path.

4. It is suggested in the fourth chapter that ______ is a transformer of perspective and character.

5. Hafiz uses the imagery of the poem "To Build a ______" to describe the process of building character.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In "I Want Both of Us," which two relationships does Hafiz compare with each other, according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

5. What is the imagery that Hafiz uses in the poem, "Someone Untied Your Camel"?

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

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

8. How are communing worshipers described in "When You Wake," according to this translation of Hafiz?

9. What is so important for the reader to learn from the poem, "Stay Close to the Sounds"?

10. What are supposed to be left at the door in "The Hatcheck Girl," according to this translation of Hafiz?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The beauty of creation makes some people believe they will hear the voice of God, according to Hafiz.

Part 1: What is the importance of beauty in creation? How does one measure this?

Part 2: How are you affected by beauty in nature and in the world?

Part 3: Why do you think people believe they will hear the voice of God when they see beauty?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of time, Hafiz's words have be translated and retranslated, possibly losing their meaning in the process.

Part 1: Do you think it matters who the interpreter is, in relation to the content and the lessons of the book?

Part 2: Why do you think the lessons of the book are timeless and not affected by the translation?

Part 3: How do you think you could be assured that the words in the book were truly the words of Hafiz?

Essay Topic 3

Fellowship, according to Hafiz, is seen in those who have shed guilt and who see themselves as children of God.

Part 1: How do you think a person can fully shed the guilt in their lives?

Part 2: Do you agree that people should see themselves as the children of God?

Part 3: Why do you think that people should seek out fellowship?

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