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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. Rumi explains to readers that in our lives, God can be both active and:
(a) Silent.
(b) Loving.
(c) Forceful.
(d) Indifferent.

2. In one poem in Book 2, Chapter 1, Rumi states that every sheik rides a lion, whether that lion is:
(a) Male or female.
(b) Great or small.
(c) Young or old.
(d) Visible or invisible.

3. While acknowledging that scriptures can be good, Rumi also notes that too many people:
(a) Use scriptures against others.
(b) Forget to feel with their hearts.
(c) Get hung up on scriptures.
(d) Are too ignorant to understand them.

4. Rumi's poetry gives us a glimpse of what?
(a) The difference between scholars and peasants.
(b) The sociological order of his place and time.
(c) The effects of male dominance.
(d) The workings of a utopia.

5. According to Rumi, having people freely cooperate works better than what?
(a) Praying for a different outcome.
(b) Making animals do the work.
(c) Paying them.
(d) Forcing them.

Short Answer Questions

1. During his lifetime, Rumi was revered for his attitude of religious tolerance and:

2. In "Town and Country," the countryside man becomes good friends with a:

3. Rumi wrote freely about various religious figures because he was familiar with them and:

4. What is the greater message of Rumi's musings about candles in Chapter 3 of Book 2?

5. When somebody goes looking for Kharraqani, he finds him doing what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the story where a king falls in love with a girl, and the girl becomes ill, what does the king learn about himself after a doctor arrives on the scene?

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

3. In one of Rumi's story poems, in what predicament do three fish find themselves?

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

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

6. In one of the stories, a king falls in love with a girl, but she is not aware that he cares for her. How does he get close to her?

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

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

9. How did Islam come about?

10. Summarize the shopkeeper's experience in "Town and Country."

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