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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. Saladin of Zarkub was what?
(a) Brick maker.
(b) Barber.
(c) Goldsmith.
(d) Farmer.

2. Much of Rumi's poetry is:
(a) Cryptic.
(b) Subdued.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Sarcastic.

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

4. Much of the works in this book focus on what type of relationships?
(a) Family.
(b) Same gender.
(c) Romantic.
(d) Teacher and student.

5. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, several men invade a city because they are driven by what?
(a) Their egos.
(b) A mad dictator.
(c) Greed and hate.
(d) Sexual attraction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who were Rumi's three main friends who inspired much of his poetry?

2. The poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 about the lame goat teaches readers how to be good:

3. In a poem entitled "Rough Metaphors," Rumi asserts that a lover's reverence is often sheltered in:

4. Over time, what has Coleman Barks been able to do with Rumi's poems?

5. When speaking to the camel in the story in Book 1, Chapter 3, the mouse admits that it is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize Rumi's early life.

3. How would you describe Rumi's writing style?

4. How is Coleman Barks associated with Rumi?

5. Describe the "short story" model Rumi uses for many of his poems.

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

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

8. Explain the disappearances of Rumi's friend, Shams.

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

10. What are the underlying themes in Rumi's poem about sexual passion where a city is invaded and one of the invaders falls in love with a woman there?

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