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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Rumi was able to take all the usual existential issues that human beings face on a daily basis and change them to ______.
(a) Pictures.
(b) Lessons.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Light.

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.
(a) Inner.
(b) Lower.
(c) Outer.
(d) Surface.

3. Rumi describes the journey a person must make as drinking ______ like water and eating sunset, in his poems.
(a) Moonshine.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Truth.
(d) Dawn.

4. Rumi states that "the human shape is a _______ made of distraction and pain, trying to open the image of itself."
(a) Sphere.
(b) Bowl.
(c) Ghost.
(d) Circle.

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

6. ______ was killed on December 5, 1247, after being exiled and returning on several different occasions.
(a) Moses.
(b) Shams.
(c) Bestami.
(d) Shiraz.

7. Rumi describes a ______ that wakes up one day to discover that he is "the entire vineyard, and the orchard too."
(a) Bird.
(b) Snake.
(c) Ferret.
(d) Worm.

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

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

10. 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) Gandhi.
(d) Muhammad.

11. Rumi uses the metaphor of being sent to do a task by a King, and forgetting in the poem "The _____ Work".
(a) Real.
(b) Fun.
(c) Hard.
(d) Easy.

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

13. _______ was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt , gradually came to power there, and made a complicated trade route.
(a) Jacob.
(b) Esau.
(c) Joseph.
(d) Jesus.

14. Not doing the work God sent you for is the equivalent of "using a _____ bowl to cook turnips in.
(a) Jeweled.
(b) Gold.
(c) Silver.
(d) Iron.

15. Rumi challenges us to "work in the ______ world as hard as we do in the visible" and to "be a companion with the prophets."
(a) Infinite.
(b) Spiritual world.
(c) Loving.
(d) Invisible.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi lived most of his life in ______ Turkey which at the time was a great meeting place for many different cultures.

2. Joseph gives his Egyptian shirt to his ______ to lay over the eyes of Jacob, whose vision is then restored.

3. The poet quotes Muhammad in one of the poems, saying that he will come take a person before _________.

4. Rumi suggests that human beings are like "some weird kind of ______ that wants to stay melted in the furnace."

5. Whose table is spread with better food when a person fasts, according to Rumi?

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