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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Rumi encourages the reader to be the __________ nearest the thorn that he is, according to his writing.
(a) Ivy.
(b) Rose.
(c) Bush.
(d) Holly.

2. _________, according to Rumi, will tend to accumulate while the real work is going on elsewhere.
(a) Connections.
(b) Truths.
(c) Coins.
(d) Trust.

3. Not doing the work God sent you to do is like "pounding a _____ of the finest tempering to hang things on."
(a) Nail.
(b) Spear.
(c) Sword.
(d) Knife.

4. Shams asks Rumi who is greater, Muhammad the messenger of God, or ______ a mystic who claimed to be one with God.
(a) Konya.
(b) Bestami.
(c) Balkh.
(d) Tabriz.

5. Rumi gives a definition for what we are, "You are the strange business. You have the energy of the ______ in you."
(a) Son.
(b) Moon.
(c) Stars.
(d) Sun.

6. The Egyptian woman that is in love with Joseph is known as _______, clings to his shirt and tears it from his back.
(a) Nefertiti.
(b) Isis.
(c) Zuleikha.
(d) Zulu.

7. Barks reminds the reader about how often ______ is used as a piece of advice for calming one's self.
(a) Walking.
(b) Breathing.
(c) Chanting.
(d) Praying.

8. The "___" is an illusion, according to Rumi, and this is why this part needs to be removed from the experience.
(a) Truth.
(b) I.
(c) Correctedness.
(d) Lesson.

9. The ________ breath brings a presence, through the head to the heart, with a mantra, "God alone is real."
(a) Inward.
(b) Quiet.
(c) Outward.
(d) Truth.

10. In a poem, Rumi asks the lion of the ________ to roar and rend open the writer, according to the content of the poem.
(a) Lion.
(b) Tiger.
(c) Horse.
(d) Bear.

11. In one of the poems, ______ cuts open a fish and discovers a gold ring. Omar storms in to kill the prophet.
(a) Jesus.
(b) Tabriz.
(c) Shams.
(d) Solomon.

12. The pull of love is something Rumi compares to a ________, urging the reader to realize learning is about more than just books.
(a) Reed.
(b) Lute.
(c) Bugle.
(d) River.

13. Those who do not wake to the truth, according to Rumi, are those who do not embrace the beauty of __________.
(a) Light.
(b) Nature.
(c) Lessons.
(d) God.

14. Rumi doesn't want "wealth and position." He suggests that in this matter he is "______ resisting the most enormous magnet there is."
(a) Iron.
(b) Steel.
(c) Gold.
(d) Silver.

15. Rumi asserts in his poems that "the miracle of ______ is himself, not what he said or did about the future."
(a) Buddha.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Muhammad.
(d) Gandhi.

Short Answer Questions

1. ______ was killed on December 5, 1247, after being exiled and returning on several different occasions.

2. Sufis are loved the world over for reminding us that the glory is our ______ reality and the opposite is a kind of language for expressing it.

3. According to the book, when Rumi realized the greatness of Shams, he fell off his _______ unconscious.

4. Rumi states, in "The Prophets" no one knows if the _______ will sink or reach the harbor.

5. Rumi states that "the human shape is a _______ made of distraction and pain, trying to open the image of itself."

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