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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. While in the frying pan, what epiphany does a fish have in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) He's just dreaming.
(b) Existence goes on regardless of circumstances.
(c) Better him in the pan than his friends.
(d) He's learned his lesson.

2. 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) Asks a servant to make her some soup.
(d) Sends her away.

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

4. 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's confused by the king's behavior around her.
(b) She wants to go home to her husband.
(c) She's in love with another man.
(d) She misses her parents.

5. As sheik, Rumi notes that effective leaders need to do what?
(a) Find a spouse who will be a companion and co-leader.
(b) Focus on common good and the needs of their people.
(c) Give in to their purely selfish motives.
(d) Intimidate the people.

6. In one of Rumi's stories in Book 2, Chapter 1, a man is healed by what?
(a) Blind faith.
(b) Gentle, caring hands.
(c) Rough and thorough discipline.
(d) Willpower and herbs.

7. 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) Reveals that the king is a fraud.
(c) Strikes her lover dead.
(d) Becomes the king's lover.

8. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what gift does a prisoner receive?
(a) New vest.
(b) New fork.
(c) Drinking cup.
(d) Prayer rug.

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

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

11. What does the least intelligent fish do in the tale of three fish in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) Insults the crocodile.
(b) Offends the other fish.
(c) Stares at the insects.
(d) Jumps up and down.

12. 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) Christian.
(d) Judaic.

13. In each of the love triangles presented in Chapter 2, Book 2, the woman's behavior:
(a) Remains the same throughout all the stories.
(b) Is difficult to translate.
(c) Changes with each story.
(d) Saves the day.

14. 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 lack of pretense when one is self-confident.
(c) The rational mind and the animalistic nature of mankind.
(d) The master becoming the servant.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When somebody goes looking for Kharraqani, he finds him doing what?

2. The third poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 mentions:

3. In "Town and Country," how does the town man usually reply to his country friend's invitation to visit him in the country?

4. Through many of his poems, Rumi communicates that a person can never really know how another:

5. A recurring theme prominent in Book 2, Chapter 2, is what?

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