The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In the final poem of Chapter 8, Hafiz reiterates that the _____ moment is meant for worship in "Now is the Time".

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

5. The relationship between teacher and ______ is so intimate that it feels like a marriage is the subject of the poem "I Want Both of Us".

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz compares the relationship of believing friends to that of married people, showing that belief creates connectedness.

Part 1: How do you think feeling connected to God might help a person's life?

Part 2: Do you think that being married implies that people are connected?

Part 3: Why do you think that connectedness is important in life, however you might define it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Some say that Hafiz was directly connected with God and was able to speak his words as a result.

Part 1: Do you agree that Hafiz was directly connected with God?

Part 2: Why do you think that Hafiz was able to talk in such a spiritual manner in his poetry?

Part 3: Do you feel that Hafiz is imparting wisdom that is new to the world?

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