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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 encourages believers to make themselves sources of love and hope in the poem "Like a Life-Giving _____".

2. Hafiz describes the hopelessness and lack of compassion that characterize people who have lost their way in the poem "Someone Untied Your _____".

3. Hafiz uses the imagery of the poem "To Build a ______" to describe the process of building character.

4. The poem "The Millstone's _____" describes God's unique ability to speak to the hearts deepest longings.

5. Hafiz grew up in simple surroundings as the son of a _______ who died when Hafiz was only a teenager.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the overall expression found in "A Strange Feather, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

6. What is being cultivated in the garden images as described in "Your Seed Pouch"?

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

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

9. What is the shame of which Hafiz speaks in "Why Just Ask the Donkey"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Hafiz talks about how it's a mistake to think that humans know of anything after death.

Part 1: Why do you think that death is still the greatest mystery of man?

Part 2: What happens when a person focuses too much on the idea of death?

Part 3: Do you think about the idea of death often?

Essay Topic 3

Hafiz likes to use nature in his poems in order to express what he means, which is common among many poets.

Part 1: Why does nature help in expressing the ideas one has?

Part 2: Do you think that there are better ways to express the ideas in a poem besides nature?

Part 3: How do you feel about nature in general? Does it inspire deeper thoughts for you?

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