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 the poem in Chapter 2, Book 2, about the king who loves the girl, what is Rumi's message about real love?

2. Rumi is considered a master at creating what?

3. While acknowledging that scriptures can be good, Rumi also notes that too many people:

4. Through many of his poems, Rumi communicates that a person can never really know how another:

5. When the town friend in "Town and Country" finally visits his friend in the country, how do things go?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of candles in this last section of the book.

2. Summarize the shopkeeper's experience in "Town and Country."

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

4. What happens to the three brothers who fall in love with a powerful princess?

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

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

7. According to Rumi, what limitations does one individual experience when trying to comprehend what another person is feeling?

8. Explain what the Mathnawi is.

9. What is the primary moral of the "Town and Country" story?

10. Explain how Rumi uses the idea of Jesus riding a donkey as a metaphor.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Rumi use Muslim and Christian teachings to support his ideas, messages, lessons, and findings? Using at least one example from each religion, show how the religious teaching makes it into Rumi's teachings.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Rumi's poems involving a mouse and a frog. What key points is Rumi trying to make through these poems? What lessons can a person learn from these poems and apply to his or her life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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