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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. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.

2. Hafiz is known for his attempts to free people through intimacy with the divine from the control of ______.

3. Haifz uses his crush on a girl to symbolize his affection for God in the poem, "What the ______".

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Queen Victoria do with the poetry of Hafiz when she read it during her reign?

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

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

4. In "God's Bucket," what does the symbolism of the roaring ocean seem to say, according to this translation of Hafiz?

5. In "When the Violin," what does Hafiz mean to use the violin imagery to symbolize in the poem?

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

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

8. What is the symbolism used to describe God in "Lifts Beyond Conception,"according to this translation of Hafiz?

9. What is the permission that Hafiz grants the reader in "Get the Blame Straight," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz points out that everything is a portal to the holy in his poem, "Where is the Door to the Tavern?"

Part 1: Do you agree that everything can be a portal to the holy in one's life?

Part 2: What is the importance of finding the door to the holy in one's life?

Part 3: How does the world change when you can agree that everything is a portal to the holy?

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

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?

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