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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Town and Country," what does the countryside man do?
(a) Visits the town for a day.
(b) Pitches a tent in town.
(c) Falls in love with a lady in town.
(d) Sculpts a statue in town.

2. One of the messages of the poem about three brothers who fall in love with a princess in Chapter 2, Book 2, could well be concerning the importance of:
(a) Politeness.
(b) Confidence.
(c) Hierarchy.
(d) Determination.

3. In one of the love stories of Chapter 2, Book 2, what happens when three sons meet a powerful Chinese princess?
(a) They fall in love with her.
(b) They fall into the river.
(c) They become her husbands.
(d) They become her prisoners.

4. In addition to being one of his students and his scribe, Husam Chelebi was Rumi's:
(a) Primary rival.
(b) Personal companion.
(c) Devoted house servant.
(d) Illegitimate son.

5. In "Town and Country," how does the town man usually reply to his country friend's invitation to visit him in the country?
(a) Next year.
(b) No.
(c) Never.
(d) Tomorrow.

6. What does the smartest of the three fish fear, in the story in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) His own weakness.
(b) His friends' intentions.
(c) His lack of faith.
(d) The other fish.

7. The first poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 is about the story of:
(a) The Resurrection.
(b) The Commandments.
(c) Noah's Ark.
(d) Genesis.

8. The "Solomon Poems" are devoted to the spiritual life, referring to:
(a) Man's fruitless pursuits.
(b) This world, not the next.
(c) The hereafter.
(d) How one can buy his or her way to heaven.

9. Analyzing Rumi's poetry can be challenging because it is clear at points and:
(a) Reckless now and again.
(b) Funny at times.
(c) Elusive in other ways.
(d) Offensive in places.

10. In a poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, what does the king discover about himself after the girl he loves receives medical attention?
(a) He's in love with the girl's doctor.
(b) He is incapable of true love.
(c) He's no longer in love with the girl.
(d) He's afraid of becoming ill.

11. What is the premise in Rumi's "Town and Country"?
(a) A man visits a friend.
(b) A princess moves from the country to a town.
(c) A peasant gets lost in a town.
(d) A king goes to the country.

12. Despite high tension between different religions during his lifetime, Rumi was able to do what?
(a) Attend a different house of worship each week.
(b) Raise his children in a multi-faith home.
(c) Remain unaffiliated with any religion.
(d) Sustain peaceful conditions.

13. What is the Mathnawi?
(a) Six volumes of poetry Rumi wrote when Husam Chelebi was his scribe.
(b) Supreme counselor Rumi and other poets of his era turned to for guidance.
(c) The law of the land followed by Rumi and his contemporaries.
(d) A code of conduct expected of scholars who studied directly under Rumi.

14. What happens to King Solomon's crown in one of the poems in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) Is carried away by four birds.
(b) Drops into the ocean.
(c) Keeps sliding down his forehead.
(d) Is stolen by four thieves.

15. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, when the oldest son decides to romantically pursue a Chinese princess, what happens to him?
(a) He's forced to marry her sister instead.
(b) He's captured and never seen again.
(c) He's imprisoned.
(d) He's killed by someone.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book 2, Chapter 3, Ayaz is able to follow orders, but is also able to go beyond being just:

2. When King Solomon woos a queen in Book 2, Chapter 1, he asks that she do what?

3. Compared to his older brothers, the youngest son who is interested in a Chinese princess in Chapter 2, Book 2 is:

4. In the section called "Solomon Poems," Rumi's poetry makes direct references to:

5. Which of the three brothers in Chapter 2, Book 2 ends up marrying the Chinese princess in the end?

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