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

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. When Hafiz is so cleansed and finished by love, he becomes ___________ personified, ready to be consumed.

4. The poem "_____ Gods" opens the tenth chapter and focuses on drawing attention away from counterfeit gods.

5. Chapter 21 opens with an invitation from God to dance in the poem "The God Who Only Knows ______ Words".

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are communing worshipers described in "When You Wake," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

5. In "I Want Both of Us," which two relationships does Hafiz compare with each other, according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Hafiz encourages the reader to enjoy life while they can as life is short for those on earth right now.

Part 1: Why do you think it's so important to enjoy life?

Part 2: Do you feel that you make the most of your life? What else could you be doing?

Part 3: How do you think people waste their lives right now?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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