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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

Hafiz reminds people to remember that everything they do, say, and think is sacred.

Part 1: Do you think that everything you do, say, and think is sacred?

Part 2: Why do you think that Hafiz believes everything is sacred in the world?

Part 3: Could you make the case that some things in the world are not sacred?

Essay Topic 2

Hafiz uses a poem to describe the idea of burning something away which is destructive.

Part 1: Do you think that burning something away is always destructive?

Part 2: How do you feel about the idea of destroying something else?

Part 3: What do you think happens when a person burns away things in their life which do not serve them?

Essay Topic 3

Hafiz likes to use nature in his poems in order to express what he means, which is common among many poets.

Part 1: Why does nature help in expressing the ideas one has?

Part 2: Do you think that there are better ways to express the ideas in a poem besides nature?

Part 3: How do you feel about nature in general? Does it inspire deeper thoughts for you?

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