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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the book, in what state does Coleman Barks live today?
(a) Florida.
(b) Colorado.
(c) Oregon.
(d) Georgia.

2. The people who are jealous of a particular man in a poem in Book 2, Chapter 3, do not think they are better than him; rather, they are displeased with:
(a) The way the teacher favors him.
(b) The high esteem he enjoys.
(c) The way he ridicules them.
(d) The fact that he has twelve wives.

3. 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.

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

5. The "Huuuu" mentioned in Book 2, Chapter 3 is what?
(a) Article of clothing.
(b) Chant.
(c) Means of transportation.
(d) Drink.

6. Compared to his older brothers, the youngest son who is interested in a Chinese princess in Chapter 2, Book 2 is:
(a) Arrogant.
(b) Timid.
(c) Powerful.
(d) Handsome.

7. In the section called "Solomon Poems," Rumi's poetry makes direct references to:
(a) Buddhism and Islam.
(b) Islam and Christianity.
(c) Judaism and Buddhism.
(d) Hinduism and Christianity.

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

9. Along with the gift that the prisoner receives in one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what unexpected useful addition does he get?
(a) Songs to sustain him.
(b) Information about his loved ones.
(c) Information to facilitate his escape.
(d) Food to sustain him.

10. In the poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 where a group is terribly jealous of a particular man, who is this man?
(a) Ayaz.
(b) Amir.
(c) Husam.
(d) Hafid.

11. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, a king falls in love with a girl and decides to do what?
(a) Give her a house.
(b) Offer her a job.
(c) Step down from the throne.
(d) Kidnap her.

12. Rumi notes that free choice can be made by men and women who have not been:
(a) Told they are morons.
(b) Beaten in to frightened compliance.
(c) Lost at sea.
(d) Sold into slavery.

13. In the story of three fish that possess some measure of intelligence, found in Book 2, Chapter 1, who do the fish face?
(a) A hungry crocodile.
(b) Bigger fish.
(c) Three insects.
(d) Human fishermen.

14. A recurring theme prominent in Book 2, Chapter 2, is what?
(a) Celebration.
(b) Anger.
(c) Abuse.
(d) Jealousy.

15. In one poem in Book 2, Chapter 1, Rumi uses the image of Jesus Christ riding atop a donkey to explain a lesson about what?
(a) The divine living in the human world.
(b) The rational mind and the animalistic nature of mankind.
(c) The lack of pretense when one is self-confident.
(d) The master becoming the servant.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, what does the king discover about himself after the girl he loves receives medical attention?

2. In Coleman Barks' folklore introduction to the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what is placed inside the pockets of the dead man?

3. After the girl whom the king loves gets better in one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what does the doctor do?

4. How long does it take before the town friend in "Town and Country" finally decides to visit his friend in the country?

5. What kind of leader is Rumi for his people?

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