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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. One of the major themes of the poems in the seventh chapter is discerning _____ from counterfeit.

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

3. The poem "A Hunting Party" makes the suggestion that the search for spiritual nourishment should take place ______.

4. Hafiz reveals his own _____ in asking for divine affection in the poem called "Mismatched Newlyweds".

5. Within his poetry, Hafiz tells the reader that he is speaking _______ truths mean to free people to celebrate and revel in the divine.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ladinsky have to say about his interpretation of Hafiz and what he did with the translation?

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

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

6. What does Hafiz believe about the power of God and his power in the world of men?

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

8. What is the point of the poem, "Some Fill with Each Good Rain," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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