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. Rumi explains to readers that in our lives, God can be both active and:

2. According to the book, in what state does Coleman Barks live today?

3. In the poem in Book 2, Chapter 3 where a group is terribly jealous of a particular man, who is this man?

4. What does Rumi note about the destructive properties of candles in Book 2, Chapter 3?

5. In one of the poems in Chapter 2, Book 2, the girl that a king falls in love with becomes ill, which concerns him greatly. What does he do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Rumi disagree with holy scriptures?

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

3. How did Islam come about?

4. In the story where a king falls in love with a girl, and the girl becomes ill, what does the king learn about himself after a doctor arrives on the scene?

5. Explain what the Mathnawi is.

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

7. Why is jealousy a recurrent theme in Rumi's work?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Rumi's poems to support your analysis, explain the poet's ideas regarding the following:

1. Tough love.

2. Making sacrifices.

3. Learning a lesson even when it's too late.

Essay Topic 2

What important lessons come through in the poem "Town and Country"? Describe the friendship between the two friends in this story. When the tables are turned and the shopkeeper gets to walk in the countryside man's shoes, how are his eyes opened? What does he finally see, after so many years, about the suffering his friend experienced when he first arrived in town?

Essay Topic 3

Using at least three examples from Rumi's poetry, explain his views on cultivating love. How does he teach his students about this topic through his poems? What conclusion, if any, does he reach regarding the attainment of love?

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