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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Over time, what has Coleman Barks been able to do with Rumi's poems?
(a) Teach them to his children.
(b) Experience them more deeply.
(c) Decode secret messages.
(d) Translate them into five languages.

2. Before responding to the king's command in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3, what does Ayaz do?
(a) Reads at least forty books to learn how others handled the situation.
(b) Notices how at least thirty other men respond to the command.
(c) Consults with the King's daughter.
(d) Prays to God for guidance.

3. When was the New Expanded Edition of this book published?
(a) 2000.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1980.

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

5. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, several men invade a city because they are driven by what?
(a) A mad dictator.
(b) Sexual attraction.
(c) Greed and hate.
(d) Their egos.

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

7. When the animal soul that Rumi refers to is lacking, it leads to what?
(a) Vigor.
(b) Frailty.
(c) Wildness.
(d) Order.

8. Much of Rumi's poetry is:
(a) Passionate.
(b) Subdued.
(c) Sarcastic.
(d) Cryptic.

9. Coleman Barks is famous for what?
(a) Teaching a Rumi poetry class at Colorado State University.
(b) Translating Rumi's work in to English.
(c) Teaching a Rumi poetry class at Baylor University.
(d) Translating Rumi's work in to Russian.

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

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

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

13. "Cry Out In Your Weakness" is a poem about:
(a) Strength.
(b) Weakness.
(c) Justice.
(d) Punishment.

14. In some of his poems, Rumi refers to religious figures:
(a) From fiction.
(b) From different faiths.
(c) Only from his faith.
(d) Only that he knows personally.

15. As the bond of friendship that Rumi writes about between a frog and its animal friend grows, the two animals find that their wish for each other's company:
(a) Turns into a need.
(b) Diminishes over time.
(c) Is discouraged by their own kind.
(d) Is laughed at by others.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rumi's string metaphor, the string connects two animals by their what?

2. How many additional poems were translated and included in the New Expanded Edition?

3. Most of Rumi's poems presented in this book exhibit what form?

4. Over time, Coleman Barks' feelings about the messages in Rumi's poetry have what?

5. At times the character Hallaj can be tender and loving, but other times he can be what?

(see the answer keys)

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