The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Test | Final 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. Hafiz speaks to that moment one can sit in the pain of longing and listen intently to God in the poem "When you can _____".

2. The first poem of Chapter 13 "______" suggests that everything in creation is part of God's body and so deserves to be revered.

3. Hafiz returns to the idea that the __________ is temporary and that it is important to be connected to things that bring eternity and divinity to mind.

4. The poem "It Will Stretch Out Its Leg" compares poetry to a man ______ someone to make them stop and listen.

5. The poem "Covers Her Face with Both Hands" describes how the ______ responds to people who refuse to act with kindness.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Hafiz speaking to in the poem, "Becoming Human," according to this translation of Hafiz?

2. What does "What Should We Do About the Moon?" describe to the reader, from Hafiz's point of view?

3. What are supposed to be left at the door in "The Hatcheck Girl," according to this translation of Hafiz?

4. What is creation described as in "Elephant Wandering" according to this translation of Hafiz?

5. What happens to Hafiz in the poem, "Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley"?

6. What does the poem, "When You Can Endure" try to describe to the reader, according to this translation of Hafiz?

7. What is supposed to happen to all of creation, according to "Reverence," in this section of Hafiz's poems?

8. What does Hafiz encourage the reader to do once they bail out from churches, according to this translation of Hafiz?

9. How is Hafiz described in "In Need of the Breath," according to this translation of Hafiz?

10. What is the metaphor that Hafiz uses in "Turn Left a Thousand Feet from Here"?

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

Many people have used Hafiz's poetry not only for enjoyment, but also for advice for their lives. To some, this is strange.

Part 1: Why do you think people believed that Hafiz's poetry was good for helping with problems?

Part 2: Would you ever use poetry to make a decision about your life?

Part 3: How do you think poetry might help a person who doesn't know what to do about a problem?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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