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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. After reading Rumi's poems, Coleman Barks feels he has been:
(a) Comforted.
(b) Duped.
(c) Discombobulated.
(d) Transformed.

2. When the man in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 accidentally soils himself, what does his host and friend do?
(a) Laughs loudly and humiliates the man.
(b) Leaves for three days while his servants clean the home.
(c) Evicts him from his home.
(d) Launders the garments and helps the man feel better.

3. In this book, the term "nafs" refers to what?
(a) A food commonly consumed during Rumi's time.
(b) A style of poetry developed by Rumi.
(c) The highest state of enlightenment.
(d) The part of the soul associated with desires.

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

5. 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:
(a) Bird.
(b) Cat.
(c) Fish.
(d) Mouse.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is a Caliph?

3. What is one of the central teachings of Rumi?

4. According to Rumi, when the individual ego disappears and dissipates into God, this can be understood as what?

5. In the end, where does the Caliph of a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2 send the mysterious, beautiful woman from the city his men have invaded?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the poet's message about friendship in his writings about a frog and a mouse?

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

6. Are Rumi's poems emotional or analytical?

7. What does Coleman Barks mean when he indicates that part of his experience of perceiving Rumi's poems is transcendental?

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

9. Summarize Rumi's early life.

10. With regards to beauty, what important connection does Rumi infer when he references a beautiful woman in the poem about a city being invaded by men driven by sexual desire?

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