The Essential Rumi Test | Final 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 one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, what gift does a prisoner receive?

2. The third poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 mentions:

3. In a poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, how does the sick girl who has an "emotional thorn" and who is loved by a king get better?

4. In Book 2, Chapter 3, through his loyalty, Ayaz goes above and beyond what:

5. In "Town and Country," how does the town man usually reply to his country friend's invitation to visit him in the country?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In one of the stories, a king falls in love with a girl, but she is not aware that he cares for her. How does he get close to her?

4. Explain what the Mathnawi is.

5. In one of Rumi's story poems, in what predicament do three fish find themselves?

6. Does Rumi disagree with holy scriptures?

7. In one of Rumi's poems, what happens when somebody comes looking for Sheik Kharraqani?

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

9. How are the men's experiences similar in "Town and Country?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how at times, Rumi ventures into the darker aspects of the world to illuminate higher spiritual truths. Refer to some of his short stories and his metaphors to address this topic.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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