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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. Chapter 2 of Book 2 includes a large quantity of:
(a) Animal fables.
(b) Love stories.
(c) Ghost tales.
(d) War stories.

2. In the final story of Ayaz and the king, found in Book 2, Chapter 3, what do courtiers bring back to the king?
(a) Food.
(b) Books.
(c) Clothing.
(d) Information.

3. In the poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, about the king who loves the girl, what is Rumi's message about real love?
(a) In rare cases, infatuation is equivalent to real love.
(b) Real love depends on more than just physical beauty.
(c) Infatuation will do until real love is discovered.
(d) Real love causes a person to do beautiful things.

4. Compared to his older brothers, the youngest son who is interested in a Chinese princess in Chapter 2, Book 2 is:
(a) Powerful.
(b) Handsome.
(c) Timid.
(d) Arrogant.

5. Kharraqani has difficulties with his disapproving:
(a) Son.
(b) Grandmother.
(c) Father.
(d) Wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. Through many of his poems, Rumi reveals the depth and diversity of different types of:

2. In Book 2, Chapter 3, Ayaz is able to follow orders, but is also able to go beyond being just:

3. In addition to educating his listeners and readers, Rumi strives to:

4. While in the frying pan, what epiphany does a fish have in Book 2, Chapter 1?

5. What does the smartest of the three fish fear, in the story in Book 2, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is jealousy a recurrent theme in Rumi's work?

2. In one of Rumi's poems, what happens when somebody comes looking for Sheik Kharraqani?

3. How familiar were Muslims with Christian concepts during Rumi's era?

4. In the poem where three brothers fall in love with the same woman, describe the person they fall in love with.

5. Does Rumi disagree with holy scriptures?

6. Summarize the countryside man's experience in "Town and Country."

7. Instead of doing battle on the military field, what should a good ruler strive for, according to Rumi?

8. Why does Rumi advise people to let go of scriptures after reading them?

9. Summarize the folklore Coleman Barks refers to when introducing the poems of Book 2, Chapter 2 to the reader.

10. How are the men's experiences similar in "Town and Country?"

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