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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The destination may be unclear for __________ understanding, according to Rumi, but one should walk anyway.
(a) Better.
(b) Animal.
(c) Human.
(d) Childlike.

2. When a man is approached by a person who wants to bring his reluctant cousin to a spiritual leader, what is used to convince the cousin?
(a) A promise for truth.
(b) Money.
(c) Prayers.
(d) Fish soup.

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

4. Whose table is spread with better food when a person fasts, according to Rumi?
(a) Muhammad's.
(b) Jesus'.
(c) Jehovah's.
(d) Allah's.

5. Rumi states, in "The Prophets" no one knows if the _______ will sink or reach the harbor.
(a) Camel.
(b) Vessel.
(c) Car.
(d) Person.

6. Rumi suggests that "sitting in hell at the bottom of the dark, we are afraid of our own ________."
(a) Smallness.
(b) Immortality.
(c) Immensity.
(d) Love.

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

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

9. Rumi asks when seeing the birds flying in frenzied patterns whether the one he _______ is everywhere.
(a) Avoids.
(b) Believes.
(c) Loves.
(d) Worships.

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

11. The writer continues to tell the reader to keep working, searching for __________ in the daily practice.
(a) Love.
(b) Water.
(c) Women.
(d) Answers.

12. Rumi realizes that in all of his searching, he has actually been waiting to be _________ as opposed to brought inside.
(a) Let out.
(b) Devoured.
(c) Believed.
(d) Destroyed.

13. 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) Bugle.
(c) Lute.
(d) Reed.

14. Rumi points out that while others are laughing and dancing, there are few who will hear the ________ hidden within the notes.
(a) Beliefs.
(b) Secrets.
(c) Chants.
(d) Treasures.

15. Rumi compares daily spiritual practice to continuing to knock at a ___________ to eventually contact the joy inside.
(a) Tree.
(b) Door.
(c) Window.
(d) Rock.

Short Answer Questions

1. From talking to a ______ to eating cabbage broth, Rumi says that the tasks of everyday life bring a person into a spiritual realm.

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

3. Rumi met his companion Shams of _______ , described as a "street boddhisattva", in the marketplace.

4. Rumi slipped back into what ______ the Greek called the whole catastrophe as a living example of another possibility for life.

5. Those who do not wake to the truth, according to Rumi, are those who do not embrace the beauty of __________.

(see the answer keys)

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