The Conference of the Birds Test | Final Test - Hard

Sufi texts#Farid ad-Din Attar
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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. Sheikh Kherghan said that his misery and pain lie __________.

2. What did the dervish ask of God in regard to the famine of Egypt?

3. During the Egyptian famine, what did the people beg for as they died?

4. What price did Ibrahim Adham pay for poverty?

5. How did falcons fly when they were distressed, in the Valley of Love?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the hoopoe, who does the Way belong to?

2. What must one do to find God in the Valley of the Quest?

3. What did the "faithless Moslem" think about doing when the "faithful infidel" was bent in prayer?

4. Why did the hoopoe not have an exact length of the quest for the birds?

5. What was the definition of justice that the hoopoe gave to the birds?

6. From the story "The Beggar Who Fell in Love with Ayaz," how was it justified that a beggar could be seen as an equal in royal court?

7. Describe the stone man.

8. What did the lover of the man who slept all the time write on the note that she attached to his sleeve?

9. Describe the Valley of Unity.

10. What were the two things that the Sheikh of Turkestan loved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Two of the most important themes that traverse the book's entirety are the importance of passionate love and the destruction of the Self. However, many times these two themes are joined to show that one depends wholly on the other. Discuss the dependency that passionate love and the destruction of the self have throughout the book. Why do they depend on each other? What stories show this dependency, and how do the stories speak to the dependency? Use only details from the book for support.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the hoopoe. Who is the hoopoe? Who does he represent? What imagery is associated with him? What are his characteristics? Why is he important to the book?

Essay Topic 3

Attar mixes religious icons with historically important and known figures. Discuss the importance of this mixture. What did Attar hope to gain by this? Did it deepen the acceptance/understanding of the text? Why/Why not?

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