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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In this book, the term "nafs" refers to what?
(a) A style of poetry developed by Rumi.
(b) The highest state of enlightenment.
(c) A food commonly consumed during Rumi's time.
(d) The part of the soul associated with desires.

2. 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.

3. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, when a city is taken by siege, what happens to one of the invaders?
(a) Is taken prisoner immediately.
(b) Is tricked and poisoned.
(c) Falls in love instantly.
(d) Becomes a double agent.

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

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

6. What prominent themes are found in much of Rumi's work?
(a) Marriage and divorce.
(b) Love and unity.
(c) Travel and loss.
(d) Hate and separation.

7. In the poems where Rumi includes a frog as one of the main characters, there is a deep friendship that develops between this frog and a:
(a) Fish.
(b) Cat.
(c) Mouse.
(d) Bird.

8. Whether writing about friendship, love, or God, a common theme covered by Rumi is:
(a) Submissiveness.
(b) Lust.
(c) Betrayal.
(d) Companionship.

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

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

11. Rumi asserts that the union between a man and a woman has what associated with it?
(a) Earthly connection.
(b) Emotional baggage.
(c) Hint of sadness.
(d) Spiritual component.

12. What post did Rumi inherit?
(a) Treasurer.
(b) Sheik.
(c) King.
(d) Scribe.

13. Much of the works in this book focus on what type of relationships?
(a) Family.
(b) Teacher and student.
(c) Same gender.
(d) Romantic.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the end, what does the character Ayaz do in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?

2. "Cry Out In Your Weakness" is a poem about:

3. In a poem entitled "Rough Metaphors," Rumi asserts that a lover's reverence is often sheltered in:

4. What main lesson does Rumi impart through his poem about a man who wants a tattoo in Book 1, Chapter 2?

5. What is a Caliph?

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