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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. Most of Rumi's poems presented in this book exhibit what form?
(a) Strict syllable counts.
(b) Light free verse.
(c) Formal repeating pattern.
(d) Rhyming verse.

2. What happened after Shams disappeared a second time?
(a) He went to work for another school.
(b) He never came back.
(c) He fell off a cliff.
(d) He married and had five children.

3. How many years did it take Coleman Barks to truly comprehend Shams Tabriz through Rumi's poetry?
(a) 6.
(b) 15.
(c) 28.
(d) 37.

4. At times the character Hallaj can be tender and loving, but other times he can be what?
(a) Clumsy.
(b) Insecure.
(c) Whiny.
(d) Abusive.

5. The poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 about the lame goat teaches readers how to be good:
(a) Leaders.
(b) Spouses.
(c) Parents.
(d) Followers.

Short Answer Questions

1. At times, God appears in Rumi's poems as a presence and at other times God is compared to:

2. Before responding to the king's command in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3, what does Ayaz do?

3. In the poems where Rumi includes a frog as one of the main characters, there is a deep friendship that develops between this frog and a:

4. What post did Rumi inherit?

5. In addition to being a religious leader, Rumi was a what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are Rumi's poems emotional or analytical?

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

3. How do Coleman Barks' preambles prepare the reader?

4. What might you conclude about Rumi's ideas regarding the importance of friendship?

5. Use the "me and you" example in this section to address Rumi's thoughts on identity.

6. Summarize Rumi's early life.

7. Briefly explain Rumi's metaphor of sugar and vinegar.

8. How has Rumi's poetry impacted Coleman Barks?

9. Summarize the poem about a man getting a tattoo. What message is delivered through this poem?

10. How does Rumi refer to his friends in the poems within Book 1, Chapter 3?

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