The Essential Rumi Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2, Solomon Poems : Chapter 2, Beginning to the Turn.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What elevates Rumi's poems beyond a simple collection of ideas?
(a) Rich imagery.
(b) Confounding words.
(c) His references to other cultures.
(d) His use of diagrams.

2. The purpose of Coleman Barks' preambles to Rumi's poems is to:
(a) Add a new twist to the message of each poem.
(b) Expand upon Barks' discomfort with each.
(c) Get the reader to come up with his or her own judgments.
(d) Help the reader interpret each poem.

3. Through many of his poems, Rumi reveals the depth and diversity of different types of:
(a) Anguish.
(b) Obsession.
(c) Treason.
(d) Love.

4. When speaking to the camel in the story in Book 1, Chapter 3, the mouse admits that it is what?
(a) Tough.
(b) A lion in disguise.
(c) A bear in disguise.
(d) Afraid.

5. Who is Coleman Barks?
(a) Psychologist.
(b) Satirist.
(c) Photographer.
(d) Scholar.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi's short-story format found in some of his poems is characterized by:

2. Many of Rumi's poems reveal that life is not two-dimensional; on the contrary, it is very:

3. Rumi explains to readers that in our lives, God can be both active and:

4. What happens to King Solomon's crown in one of the poems in Book 2, Chapter 1?

5. What is one of the central teachings of Rumi?

(see the answer key)

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