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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Are Rumi's friends mentioned directly in his poems?
(a) It is impossible to tell.
(b) Only in some.
(c) Yes, in all of them.
(d) No, in none of them.

2. In Rumi's string metaphor, the string connects two animals by their what?
(a) Wrists.
(b) Ears.
(c) Ankles.
(d) Necks.

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

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

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

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

7. The poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 about the lame goat teaches readers how to be good:
(a) Parents.
(b) Followers.
(c) Spouses.
(d) Leaders.

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

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

10. 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) Consults with the King's daughter.
(c) Prays to God for guidance.
(d) Notices how at least thirty other men respond to the command.

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

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

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

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

15. When speaking of sugar and vinegar, Rumi notes that a spoonful of vinegar:
(a) Is more valuable than a pound of sugar.
(b) Loses its potency in several pounds of sugar.
(c) Destroys a spoonful of sugar.
(d) Cannot compare to the sweetness of a spoonful of sugar.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When the man in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 accidentally soils himself, what does his host and friend do?

3. At times, God appears in Rumi's poems as a presence and at other times God is compared to:

4. In addition to being a religious leader, Rumi was a what?

5. 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?

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