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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. Chapter 7 opens with the poem "Really Just a ______" in which Hafiz suggests everything is God's musical instrument.

3. God's dance is described by Hafiz as being the ultimate source of all movement in the poem "No _____".

4. In the poem "That Shapes the ______", Hafiz the purity and easy happiness of youth and the benefits of focusing on God in age.

5. In the poem "Curfews" ______ is the key to freedom that Hafiz offers to the reader.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the ratio of copies of Hafiz's work in relation to the Quran in his own hometown city of Shiraz?

7. What is the main metaphor which is being used when Hafiz writes, "Looking for a Good Fish"?

8. What is the message Hafiz tries to tell the reader in "Really Just a Tambourine," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz grants humanity the ability to blame as well as credit God for everything that happens to them.

Part 1: Why do you think Hafiz assigns the blame to God alone?

Part 2: Do you think it's fair for God to receive the blame for things which go wrong in life?

Part 3: How do you think a person is to blame for the miseries in their life?

Essay Topic 2

Hafiz compares the relationship of believing friends to that of married people, showing that belief creates connectedness.

Part 1: How do you think feeling connected to God might help a person's life?

Part 2: Do you think that being married implies that people are connected?

Part 3: Why do you think that connectedness is important in life, however you might define it?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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