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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Rumi's short-story format found in some of his poems is characterized by:
(a) Bizarre characters.
(b) Angelic teachers.
(c) A complete, self-contained story.
(d) A mystical, mysterious story.

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

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

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

5. In addition to being a religious leader, Rumi was a what?
(a) Soldier.
(b) Scholar.
(c) Physician.
(d) Gardener.

6. Which of the following best describes the word exoteric?
(a) Secret rituals.
(b) Open teachings.
(c) Humorous sayings.
(d) Incomprehensible words.

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

8. When did Coleman Barks first become interested in Rumi's poetry?
(a) 1976.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1952.

9. Over time, Coleman Barks' feelings about the messages in Rumi's poetry have what?
(a) Changed.
(b) Grown in contempt.
(c) Grown in confusion.
(d) Remained the same.

10. According to a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, what happens when you put pond water into a larger body of water?
(a) The pond mourns its loss.
(b) The water molecules are still separate.
(c) The original water disappears.
(d) The larger body of water is enriched.

11. In the end, what does the character Ayaz do in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?
(a) Refuses to obey the King.
(b) Runs away.
(c) Hides in fear.
(d) Obeys the King.

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

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

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

15. Why did Rumi's family flee the place of his birth?
(a) The land was struck by drought.
(b) They feared a Mongol invasion.
(c) The land was attacked by Turks.
(d) They feared the ruler of the region.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whether writing about friendship, love, or God, a common theme covered by Rumi is:

3. What region in Afghanistan did Rumi come from?

4. 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?

5. Rumi speaks of two distinct types of intelligence. One is cultivated from books and the other is what?

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