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

2. The poems in Chapter Three go deeper into the human psyche an use ______ lessons instead of universal truths.

3. Hafiz instructs people to learn to see cause to celebrate even the mundane in the poem "If the Falling of a _____"

4. It is suggested in the fourth chapter that ______ is a transformer of perspective and character.

5. The poem "Love is the Funeral Pyre" returns to the idea of burning away all that is ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism which is being used in "Please," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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