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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The poem "On Being A Lover" is written in what format?
(a) Diary entry of a man who has lost his lover.
(b) Recollection by an old man of his younger years.
(c) Question and answer session between a man and a woman.
(d) Song of lament by a woman who has lost her lover.

2. At times the character Hallaj can be tender and loving, but other times he can be what?
(a) Abusive.
(b) Clumsy.
(c) Whiny.
(d) Insecure.

3. Saladin of Zarkub was what?
(a) Goldsmith.
(b) Barber.
(c) Brick maker.
(d) Farmer.

4. Most of Rumi's poems presented in this book exhibit what form?
(a) Formal repeating pattern.
(b) Rhyming verse.
(c) Light free verse.
(d) Strict syllable counts.

5. Relative to Rumi, who was Shams Tabriz?
(a) Brother.
(b) Employer.
(c) Companion.
(d) Cousin.

6. According to Rumi, when the individual ego disappears and dissipates into God, this can be understood as what?
(a) True.
(b) Cause for celebration.
(c) False.
(d) Cause for confusion.

7. After Shams went away the first time, how did he return?
(a) He accompanied a group of nomads.
(b) Rumi promised a promotion if he came back.
(c) Rumi sent out searchers to bring him back.
(d) He came back via boat.

8. In the story of a camel and a mouse found in Book 1, Chapter 3, what does the camel do when the two reach a body of water?
(a) Tosses the mouse into the water.
(b) Encourages the mouse to continue.
(c) Takes a bath.
(d) Runs away.

9. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 about Ayaz the courtier, what command does the king give?
(a) To bring him the costliest treasure.
(b) To destroy a precious object.
(c) To make him laugh.
(d) To repair a damaged piece of furniture.

10. What was salient and peculiar about Rumi's father?
(a) He spoke seven languages.
(b) He was afraid of horses.
(c) He had no facial hair.
(d) He had visions.

11. Rumi's works are deeply:
(a) Humorous.
(b) Sorrowful.
(c) Irreverent.
(d) Emotional.

12. What main lesson does Rumi impart through his poem about a man who wants a tattoo in Book 1, Chapter 2?
(a) Tattoos are a waste of time and money.
(b) When embarking upon a task, one must be prepared for the associated pain.
(c) A person must listen to one's own heart rather than the babble of others.
(d) A man better have enough money before he goes about desiring frivolous things.

13. Rumi speaks of two distinct types of intelligence. One is cultivated from books and the other is what?
(a) Reserved for the highest masters.
(b) Learned in the streets.
(c) Unattainable.
(d) Pre-existing within a person.

14. Which readers might feel left out reading Rumi's poems?
(a) Male.
(b) Young.
(c) Older.
(d) Female.

15. What is one of the central teachings of Rumi?
(a) The search for eternal youth.
(b) The elimination of sin.
(c) The cultivation of love.
(d) The desire for power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when the Caliph meets a beautiful, mysterious woman from the city his men have invaded, in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2?

2. How did Rumi's father teach him?

3. The purpose of Coleman Barks' preambles to Rumi's poems is to:

4. Rumi asserts that the union between a man and a woman has what associated with it?

5. In addition to being a religious leader, Rumi was a what?

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