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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. Despite high tension between different religions during his lifetime, Rumi was able to do what?
(a) Raise his children in a multi-faith home.
(b) Sustain peaceful conditions.
(c) Remain unaffiliated with any religion.
(d) Attend a different house of worship each week.

2. As far as being a student, Husam Chelebi was:
(a) Somewhat lazy.
(b) Average at best.
(c) One of Rumi's best and perhaps the best.
(d) Somewhat rebellious.

3. While in the frying pan, what epiphany does a fish have in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) He's just dreaming.
(b) Better him in the pan than his friends.
(c) Existence goes on regardless of circumstances.
(d) He's learned his lesson.

4. What does the smartest of three fish do in the fish tale in Book 2, Chapter 1?
(a) Leaves.
(b) Sleeps.
(c) Blows bubbles.
(d) Eats a bug.

5. In addition to being one of his students and his scribe, Husam Chelebi was Rumi's:
(a) Primary rival.
(b) Illegitimate son.
(c) Devoted house servant.
(d) Personal companion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What invitation does the countryside man extend to his town friend in "Town and Country"?

3. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, a king falls in love with a girl and decides to do what?

4. In the poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 where a group is terribly jealous of a particular man, who is this man?

5. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, when the oldest son decides to romantically pursue a Chinese princess, what happens to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Rumi, what limitations does one individual experience when trying to comprehend what another person is feeling?

2. What are some of the lessons inherent in the story of the Friend assisting the prisoner through the prayer rug?

3. What is the solution to King Solomon's crown constantly sliding down his forehead?

4. What happens to the three brothers who fall in love with a powerful princess?

5. How does the story of the king and the girl he loves end?

6. How does Rumi use his story of a poor man who is healed to explain the nature of God?

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

8. Explain the significance of candles in this last section of the book.

9. In one of Rumi's stories, how does a wise man end up helping a poor man by showing "tough love?"

10. Explain how Rumi uses the idea of Jesus riding a donkey as a metaphor.

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