The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. The poem "Some Fill With Each Good _____" encourages people to give their most intimate affection to those who requite it.

2. In Hafiz's poem "Wise Men Keep Talking About" God is portrayed as a ______ and life is a love factory.

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

4. According to Ladinsky, Hafiz wrote between _______ poems, some of which were destroyed by fundamentalist Islamic leaders.

5. The poem "What do the _____ Birds Say" uses the symbolism of blooming nature to describe the blossoming revelation of God.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Hafiz points out that man can become preoccupied by ideas that are not important.

Part 1: Do you feel you can become distracted by things which are not important?

Part 2: Why do you think the men are so easily distracted by these unimportant thoughts?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to completely avoid unimportant thoughts?

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