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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. Much of Rumi's poetry is:

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

3. Who is Coleman Barks?

4. Much of the works in this book focus on what type of relationships?

5. Relative to Rumi, who was Shams Tabriz?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize the poet's message about the importance of balance with respect to the "animal soul."

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

4. Explain the disappearances of Rumi's friend, Shams.

5. In what ways does God appear in Rumi's poetry?

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

7. Use the "me and you" example in this section to address Rumi's thoughts on identity.

8. What does Coleman Barks mean when he indicates that part of his experience of perceiving Rumi's poems is transcendental?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ayaz is a character that appears repeatedly throughout many of Rumi's poems. How does Ayaz evolve through Rumi's writings? In what ways is Ayaz similar to Rumi? To Rumi's friends? How does Rumi use Ayaz to explain to the reader some of his own life experiences?

Essay Topic 2

In detail, describe Rumi's three best friends: Shams, Saladin, and Husam. In what ways were they similar? How did they differ from each other? How did these three friends enrich the poet's life?

Essay Topic 3

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

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