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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) A complete, self-contained story.
(c) A mystical, mysterious story.
(d) Angelic teachers.

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

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

4. Rumi's poems focus on what aspect of life?
(a) Life after death.
(b) Imaginary life.
(c) Inner life.
(d) Life's sorrows.

5. What region in Afghanistan did Rumi come from?
(a) Chimtal.
(b) Zari.
(c) Kaldar.
(d) Balkh.

6. Who is Reynold Nicholson?
(a) Critic who disliked Rumi's work.
(b) Writer who wrote a complete biography about Rumi.
(c) Scholar who attempted to translate some of Rumi's poems.
(d) Religious leader who quoted from Rumi's poems extensively.

7. What is a Caliph?
(a) Teacher.
(b) Doctor.
(c) Student.
(d) Leader.

8. How many additional poems were translated and included in the New Expanded Edition?
(a) 92.
(b) 58.
(c) 23.
(d) 81.

9. 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) Diminishes over time.
(b) Turns into a need.
(c) Is discouraged by their own kind.
(d) Is laughed at by others.

10. In the end, how does the King regard Ayaz in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?
(a) Ayaz is nothing but a fool.
(b) The King favors him.
(c) The King despises him.
(d) Nobody in the area is as smart as Ayaz.

11. In many of Rumi's poems, not only in Book 1, Chapter 2, but throughout the whole book, his distinction between "me" and "you" is what?
(a) Vague.
(b) Solid.
(c) Humorous.
(d) Clear.

12. Rumi uses the metaphor of a string between two animals to represent what?
(a) Secret connections.
(b) Imprisonment.
(c) Selective hearing.
(d) Confusion.

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

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

15. In the end, where does the Caliph of a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 send the mysterious, beautiful woman from the city his men have invaded?
(a) Back to her family.
(b) Back to the captain.
(c) To another city.
(d) To a monastery.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the New Expanded Edition of this book published?

2. According to a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, what happens when you put pond water into a larger body of water?

3. One of the key attributes of the character Ayaz is what?

4. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 involving a complicated love triangle consisting of a man and two women, Rumi explores what subjects?

5. How many years did it take Coleman Barks to truly comprehend Shams Tabriz through Rumi's poetry?

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