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 first poem in Chapter 14 is called "A ____ For Your Head" in which Hafiz offers comfort to those exhausted by their trying to exist separate from God.

2. Hafiz uses the imagery of drinking God's greatness and the discontentment that come from comparison breaking the wine glass in the poem "Why Aren't We All Screaming _____".

3. 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".

4. The poem "____ You to My Body" describes Hafiz's desire to keep his students close and teach them all the time.

5. When a person does not understand the proximity of God in his life, Hafiz says he might have to ___________ them.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are supposed to be left at the door in "The Hatcheck Girl," according to this translation of Hafiz?

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

6. In "I Want Both of Us," which two relationships does Hafiz compare with each other, 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. 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 is so important for the reader to learn from the poem, "Stay Close to the Sounds"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hafiz talks about how it's a mistake to think that humans know of anything after death.

Part 1: Why do you think that death is still the greatest mystery of man?

Part 2: What happens when a person focuses too much on the idea of death?

Part 3: Do you think about the idea of death often?

Essay Topic 2

Fellowship, according to Hafiz, is seen in those who have shed guilt and who see themselves as children of God.

Part 1: How do you think a person can fully shed the guilt in their lives?

Part 2: Do you agree that people should see themselves as the children of God?

Part 3: Why do you think that people should seek out fellowship?

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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