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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Are Rumi's friends mentioned directly in his poems?

2. According to Rumi, people who choose from their own free will come from:

3. Rumi speaks of two distinct types of intelligence. One is cultivated from books and the other is what?

4. What is a Caliph?

5. What was salient and peculiar about Rumi's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Coleman Barks associated with Rumi?

2. Are Rumi's poems emotional or analytical?

3. How does Ayaz learn from his predecessors in order to reach a decision that finds favor with the king?

4. Explain how Rumi uses the metaphor of a string when discussing the bonds of friendship in his writings about a frog and a mouse.

5. What does the poem about a mouse and a camel convey about friendship and honesty?

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

7. Summarize Rumi's early life.

8. How would one describe the tavern poems?

9. What are some of the challenges of translating Rumi's poems?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Rumi regard blind acceptance of certain practices, attitudes, and ideas? In his eyes, how can the inner guide serve as a voice of reason and direction when convention tries to pull an individual the wrong way?

Essay Topic 2

Summarize Rumi's views on the following subjects:

1. True leadership.

2. A connection to the spiritual realm.

3. The necessity of companionship.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Rumi's description of candles and sunlight as guiding systems to the external and internal guidance to which people turn.

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