The Essential Rumi Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In the end, what does the character Ayaz do in a poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?

2. How did Rumi's father teach him?

3. In a poem entitled "Rough Metaphors," Rumi asserts that a lover's reverence is often sheltered in:

4. In the poem in Book 1, Chapter 2, about a man who wants a tattoo, what dilemma does he face?

5. When Coleman Barks first started reading Rumi's works, what types of words turned him away?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How would one describe the tavern poems?

5. What might you conclude about Rumi's ideas regarding the importance of friendship?

6. How does the role of gender come into play in many of Rumi's poems?

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

8. How do Coleman Barks' preambles prepare the reader?

9. Briefly explain Rumi's metaphor of sugar and vinegar.

10. Explain Rumi's thoughts on love in comparison to jealousy and fear.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Rumi's poems express the central theme of unity? Use at least three different poems as references to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

What do Coleman Barks' prefaces add to the interpretation of Rumi's works? Explain how Barks facilitates understanding of the poet's writings. Use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Rumi was a poet who wore many different hats. Analyze Rumi's role as:

1. Religious leader.

2. Political leader.

3. Peacekeeper.

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