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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In one poem in Book 2, Chapter 1, Rumi states that every sheik rides a lion, whether that lion is:
(a) Great or small.
(b) Male or female.
(c) Visible or invisible.
(d) Young or old.

2. 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 no longer in love with the girl.
(b) He is incapable of true love.
(c) He's afraid of becoming ill.
(d) He's in love with the girl's doctor.

3. In the poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, about the king who loves the girl, what is Rumi's message about real love?
(a) In rare cases, infatuation is equivalent to real love.
(b) Real love depends on more than just physical beauty.
(c) Infatuation will do until real love is discovered.
(d) Real love causes a person to do beautiful things.

4. Through many of his poems, Rumi reveals the depth and diversity of different types of:
(a) Love.
(b) Treason.
(c) Obsession.
(d) Anguish.

5. After the girl whom the king loves gets better in one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what does the doctor do?
(a) Kills the sorcerer.
(b) Strikes her lover dead.
(c) Becomes the king's lover.
(d) Reveals that the king is a fraud.

6. In a poem in Book 2, Chapter 1, after a wise man feeds a poor man, what does he make the poor man do?
(a) Sleep for three days.
(b) Exercise vigorously.
(c) Pay him back.
(d) Take a loaf of bread to his family.

7. Through many of his poems, Rumi communicates that a person can never really know how another:
(a) Envisions the future.
(b) Cries.
(c) Makes a living.
(d) Feels.

8. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, the girl that a king falls in love with becomes ill, which concerns him greatly. What does he do?
(a) Prays for her recovery.
(b) Sends for a doctor.
(c) Sends her away.
(d) Asks a servant to make her some soup.

9. In the folklore, Coleman Barks presents to introduce the poems of Chapter 2, Book 2, he writes about three men who teach others by:
(a) Running through fields of sharp rocks.
(b) Laughing in the marketplace.
(c) Living in a cave.
(d) Swimming with sharks.

10. In Book 2, Chapter 3, Ayaz is able to follow orders, but is also able to go beyond being just:
(a) A simple follower.
(b) A naive cook.
(c) A crafty spy.
(d) A devoted husband.

11. Rumi blends images from Christianity and Islam to:
(a) Try to reconcile all people in his village.
(b) Enforce religion upon his students.
(c) Point out the absurdity of religion.
(d) Create his own stories.

12. In a poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, about a king who loves a girl, what does the doctor say is afflicting her?
(a) She misses her parents.
(b) She's in love with another man.
(c) She wants to go home to her husband.
(d) She's confused by the king's behavior around her.

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

14. At the start of the group of poems in Book 2, Chapter 2, Coleman Barks gives an introduction that includes folklore from what religious tradition?
(a) Taoist.
(b) Hindu.
(c) Judaic.
(d) Christian.

15. Rumi explains to readers that in our lives, God can be both active and:
(a) Loving.
(b) Forceful.
(c) Indifferent.
(d) Silent.

Short Answer Questions

1. What invitation does the countryside man extend to his town friend in "Town and Country"?

2. Rumi is considered a master at creating what?

3. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what gift does a prisoner receive?

4. Rumi advises people to accept help from holy scriptures and then:

5. Analyzing Rumi's poetry can be challenging because it is clear at points and:

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