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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. In the poem "_____ God" Hafiz uses the imagery of a concert in the heavens and the tedious work of breaking God apart.

2. Hafiz wrote his poems in the ______ century. However, dignitaries throughout the ages since, including the Queen of England consulted his works.

3. In Chapter two, Hafiz's poems portray him as a kind of _______ using his own experiences to offer wisdom.

4. Hafiz uses the image of being on a mule exploring God's wonder in the poem "The Mule Got Drunk and Lost in _____".

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hafiz say the reader should do in "Forgive the Dream," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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

7. In "God's Bucket," what does the symbolism of the roaring ocean seem to say, according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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 3

Hafiz grants humanity the ability to blame as well as credit God for everything that happens to them.

Part 1: Why do you think Hafiz assigns the blame to God alone?

Part 2: Do you think it's fair for God to receive the blame for things which go wrong in life?

Part 3: How do you think a person is to blame for the miseries in their life?

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