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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the book, Coleman Barks is the author of what?
(a) Chapter Three.
(b) Conclusion.
(c) Appendix.
(d) Introduction.

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

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

4. When the man in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 accidentally soils himself, what does his host and friend do?
(a) Launders the garments and helps the man feel better.
(b) Leaves for three days while his servants clean the home.
(c) Evicts him from his home.
(d) Laughs loudly and humiliates the man.

5. At times, God appears in Rumi's poems as a presence and at other times God is compared to:
(a) The Tempter.
(b) The Professor.
(c) The Judge.
(d) The Friend.

6. Rumi indicates that people who have blind faith are following this path through what?
(a) Fear and compulsion.
(b) Greed.
(c) Animosity.
(d) Joy and willpower.

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

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

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

10. When was Rumi born?
(a) September 30, 1207.
(b) November 26, 1119.
(c) December 15, 1461.
(d) October 20, 1390.

11. According to Rumi, how should one treat his or her baser nature?
(a) With severe strictness.
(b) With kindness.
(c) Cautiously.
(d) Passionately.

12. How did others regard Shams?
(a) They were jealous of the friendship between Shams and Rumi.
(b) They felt he would make a benevolent ruler.
(c) They were concerned by the rivalry between Shams and Rumi.
(d) They felt they could not completely trust him.

13. When Coleman Barks first started reading Rumi's works, what types of words turned him away?
(a) Shame and guilt.
(b) Life and death.
(c) Love and hate.
(d) Heart and soul.

14. According to Rumi, people who choose from their own free will come from:
(a) Fear.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Love.
(d) Immorality.

15. When the animal soul Rumi writes about is in proper balance, it:
(a) Disappears.
(b) Supports the human.
(c) Endangers the human.
(d) Brings about defeat.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the poems about an unlikely friendship between two different animals, one of them being a frog, these two animals have very different what?

2. Rumi's works are deeply:

3. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, when a city is taken by siege, what happens to one of the invaders?

4. For Coleman Barks, part of the experience of grasping Rumi's poems is what?

5. In the poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, where several men fall in love with the same woman, her physical beauty is really a representation of what?

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