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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. Why did Rumi's family flee the place of his birth?

2. Over time, Coleman Barks' feelings about the messages in Rumi's poetry have what?

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

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

5. In the poems about an unlikely friendship between two different animals, one of them being a frog, these two animals have very different what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rumi refer to his friends in the poems within Book 1, Chapter 3?

2. What are the underlying themes in Rumi's poem about sexual passion where a city is invaded and one of the invaders falls in love with a woman there?

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

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

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

6. How is Coleman Barks associated with Rumi?

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

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

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

10. How has Rumi's poetry impacted Coleman Barks?

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

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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