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. "The Heart's ___________" occurs when it makes itself God's pawn, according to Hafiz in his writing.

2. Hafiz suggests that he has become so close to God and cleansed of the pain and longing in the poem "The Lamp That Needs no _____".

3. In the poem "Out of God's _____" Hafiz uses imagery from nature to describe himself as a carrier of God's blessings.

4. Hafiz comments on the commonality of a life of worship between humans and animals in the poem "The _____ and I Will Chat".

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens within the poem and story in "Bring the Man to Me," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

5. What is so important for the reader to learn from the poem, "Stay Close to the Sounds"?

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

7. Who does Hafiz seek to comfort in the poem, "You Were Brave in that Holy War,"according to this translation of Hafiz?

8. Within "The Heart of Right, " Hafiz describes the rightness of mourning at what time?

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

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

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 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 3

Hafiz brings up the idea of meditation as a way to connect with God in a more intimate way.

Part 1: Why do you think Hafiz is so interested in using meditation in his life?

Part 2: Do you think you would ever try to incorporate meditation in your life?

Part 3: How do you think your connection to God might change with the introduction of meditation?

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