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 describes people who don't know their own glory as "The Sun in ________" in one of his poems.

2. Hafiz uses a misled fish to symbolize people experiencing the confusion of life in "Trying to Wear _____"

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

4. In Chapter 22 the first poem called "Stay With Us" the fellowship is defined by those who have shed _____.

5. According to Hafiz, "The Intelligent Man" is the one who does not trust ___________ in his life.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is a poem described in "Sometimes I Say to a Poem" according to this translation of Hafiz?

4. In "I Want Both of Us," which two relationships does Hafiz compare with each other, 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 does "What Should We Do About the Moon?" describe to the reader, from Hafiz's point of view?

7. What is the warning to the reader in "A Hard Decree" according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

9. What does the title of "We Might Have to Medicate You" mean to the reader, according to this translation?

10. Why is Hafiz grateful that his teacher's house only had one floor, according to this translation of Hafiz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz uses a poem to describe the idea of burning something away which is destructive.

Part 1: Do you think that burning something away is always destructive?

Part 2: How do you feel about the idea of destroying something else?

Part 3: What do you think happens when a person burns away things in their life which do not serve them?

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

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?

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