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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "Sufis adore the darkness of the deep night, like the blackness of the ______ cloth, when conversation with the divine is easiest."
(a) Temple.
(b) Kaaba.
(c) Pillow.
(d) Cotton.

2. Rumi notes that the miracle of Jesus is ______, not what he did or said about the future, according to the poems.
(a) Himself.
(b) Love.
(c) God.
(d) Intention.

3. In the poem "The Prophets" the people wonder "How long should we keep pounding this cold _____?"
(a) Silver.
(b) Iron.
(c) Lead.
(d) Gold.

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

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

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

7. Rumi believes humans have an inherent instinct to be on a ___________, just a a bird is driven to fly.
(a) Mission.
(b) Journey.
(c) House.
(d) Branch.

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

9. Rumi gives advice about how to deal with hardship, "The cure for the ______ is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed."
(a) Disease.
(b) Love.
(c) Depression.
(d) Pain.

10. The story of Joseph focuses on the loss of his _____ of many colors that has false blood on it to convince people of his death.
(a) Coat.
(b) Hat.
(c) Shoes.
(d) Pants.

11. The _____________ who are there in the orchard do not matter, according to Rumi, along with the light and the wine.
(a) Students.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Birds.
(d) Sweethearts.

12. The _________ represents the imagination where the spiritual journey takes place, according to Rumi.
(a) Orchard.
(b) Closet.
(c) Ocean.
(d) Cave.

13. Rumi's mystical work was contained within the patterns of ______ Sufism but the life was witness to the boundless universality of the heart.
(a) Islamic,
(b) Buddhist.
(c) Jain.
(d) Christian.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Rumi encourages the reader to be the __________ nearest the thorn that he is, according to his writing.

3. The journey is a practice of ____________, rather than studying or learning with logic from the mind.

4. Rumi describes paying attention to the breath and letting go of the _______ with outward breaths.

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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