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. In the poem "The _____ We Planted" Hafiz remembers his teacher Muhammad Attar and still longs for his affection.

2. The poem "A ____ in Each Act and Creature" describes the life-giving and earth-beautifying of the sun as an expression of divine affection.

3. In the poem "The Old _____", Hafiz suggests that people regard each other with the gentle care the instrumentalist gives to his instruments.

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

5. When God's lute begs for a _________ hands, that when this person is able to be useful to God, according to Hafiz.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does a poem in the book say Hafiz has used in order to become a lamp which needs no oil?

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

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

4. What is the reminder that Hafiz presents to the reader in "Now is the Time, " according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

6. What is God symbolized as in "Lousy at Math," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

8. How are communing worshipers described in "When You Wake," 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 are supposed to be left at the door in "The Hatcheck Girl," according to this translation of Hafiz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz talks about God as though this were a person he knew in his daily life, like any other person.

Part 1: How do you feel about an author speaking of God in this way?

Part 2: Do you think that being this intimate with God is a good idea?

Part 3: Why do you think Hafiz feels he can talk about God in such a familiar way?

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 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?

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