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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a Caliph?
(a) Student.
(b) Teacher.
(c) Leader.
(d) Doctor.

2. How did Rumi's father teach him?
(a) Through music, math, and memorization.
(b) By leaving him many notes.
(c) By example.
(d) Through hands-on, real-life experiences.

3. The poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 about a man who accidentally soils himself includes lessons on which of the following?
(a) Illusions.
(b) Self-control.
(c) Strength and power.
(d) Release from shame.

4. In many of Rumi's poems, not only in Book 1, Chapter 2, but throughout the whole book, his distinction between "me" and "you" is what?
(a) Solid.
(b) Vague.
(c) Humorous.
(d) Clear.

5. In the end, how does the King regard Ayaz in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?
(a) Nobody in the area is as smart as Ayaz.
(b) Ayaz is nothing but a fool.
(c) The King favors him.
(d) The King despises him.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many years did it take Coleman Barks to truly comprehend Shams Tabriz through Rumi's poetry?

2. When the animal soul that Rumi refers to is lacking, it leads to what?

3. Whether writing about friendship, love, or God, a common theme covered by Rumi is:

4. The poem "On Being A Lover" is written in what format?

5. 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:

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Rumi's poems emotionally well integrated?

2. What are some of the challenges of translating Rumi's poems?

3. How would one describe the tavern poems?

4. What does the poem about a mouse and a camel convey about friendship and honesty?

5. How does Ayaz learn from his predecessors in order to reach a decision that finds favor with the king?

6. How is Coleman Barks associated with Rumi?

7. Who were Rumi's three best friends, and how did he regard each?

8. Describe Husam Chelebi's role as scribe.

9. What lessons are found within the poem "Cry Out In Your Weakness?"

10. In what ways does God appear in Rumi's poetry?

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