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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. In the poem "Muhammad's _____" Hafiz uses the metaphor of spider-web-weaving to describe finding God.

2. The poems in Chapter Three go deeper into the human psyche an use ______ lessons instead of universal truths.

3. In the poem "_____ God" Hafiz uses the imagery of a concert in the heavens and the tedious work of breaking God apart.

4. In "The Seed Cracked Open", Hafiz describes the finding of the relationship with God to an opened ______.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hafiz reveal about himself in "Mismatched Newlyweds," according to this translation?

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

3. What do people think was the source of Hafiz's wisdom in relation to the words that he chose to write?

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

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

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

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

8. Why were Hafiz's poems destroyed by the fundamentalist Islamic leadership?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A common theme in the poems of Hafiz is that everyone is God and God is in everyone.

Part 1: How do you feel about the idea that God is in everyone?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible for a person to have God in themselves and outside of them?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to be close to God in the way Hafiz describes?

Essay Topic 3

Many people have used Hafiz's poetry not only for enjoyment, but also for advice for their lives. To some, this is strange.

Part 1: Why do you think people believed that Hafiz's poetry was good for helping with problems?

Part 2: Would you ever use poetry to make a decision about your life?

Part 3: How do you think poetry might help a person who doesn't know what to do about a problem?

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