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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. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3 involving a complicated love triangle consisting of a man and two women, Rumi explores what subjects?
(a) Lust and disgust.
(b) Reconciliation, division, and uncertainty.
(c) Humor and tragedy.
(d) Love, jealousy, and fear.

2. Which readers might feel left out reading Rumi's poems?
(a) Older.
(b) Female.
(c) Male.
(d) Young.

3. Rumi's works are deeply:
(a) Irreverent.
(b) Humorous.
(c) Sorrowful.
(d) Emotional.

4. When was Rumi born?
(a) November 26, 1119.
(b) September 30, 1207.
(c) October 20, 1390.
(d) December 15, 1461.

5. In a poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, when a city is taken by siege, what happens to one of the invaders?
(a) Becomes a double agent.
(b) Is taken prisoner immediately.
(c) Falls in love instantly.
(d) Is tricked and poisoned.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Shams went away the first time, how did he return?

2. How many additional poems were translated and included in the New Expanded Edition?

3. After reading Rumi's poems, Coleman Barks feels he has been:

4. Coleman Barks is famous for what?

5. According to Rumi, how should one treat his or her baser nature?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Describe Husam Chelebi's role as scribe.

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

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

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

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

9. How is Coleman Barks associated with Rumi?

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

(see the answer keys)

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