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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 talks about his rejoicing causes him to be overwhelmed by God in his life, bursting with energy.

Part 1: What do you think Hafiz means by his rejoicing making him fall out of the windows of his teacher's house?

Part 2: Do you think that spiritual ecstasy is normal or to be expected?

Part 3: Why do you think Hafiz is so overwhelmed by the teachings of his teacher?

Essay Topic 2

Some say that Hafiz was directly connected with God and was able to speak his words as a result.

Part 1: Do you agree that Hafiz was directly connected with God?

Part 2: Why do you think that Hafiz was able to talk in such a spiritual manner in his poetry?

Part 3: Do you feel that Hafiz is imparting wisdom that is new to the world?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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