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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. It is essential, according to Rumi, to know of the __________, which may sometimes be open and sometimes closed.
(a) Door.
(b) Heart.
(c) Soul.
(d) Window.

2. Barks points out that Shams believed that Rumi wrote in _________ ways when he wrote to teach others.
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Ten.
(d) Two.

3. Barks talks in his commentary about the mysterious "________" in the poem, though he defines it differently.
(a) Book.
(b) You.
(c) Color.
(d) Bird.

4. The poet says that he is a letter to everyone around him, a letter which says, "_______" according to the poet.
(a) Pray.
(b) Live.
(c) Honor.
(d) Love.

5. Rumi uses the metaphor of tilling the soil to plant trees and roses for the way that one breaks up the __________.
(a) Truth.
(b) Love in one's life.
(c) Soul.
(d) Lessons one is taught.

6. Rumi speaks in the poem mentioned in #157 about a _________ bringing him back to this lost connection.
(a) Fragrance.
(b) Book.
(c) Storm.
(d) Cloud.

7. The poet has to ask Shams and _________ to help him, since he is partly within himself and partly outside of himself.
(a) Sun.
(b) Books.
(c) Moon.
(d) Peasant.

8. The poem at the start of this section describes the idea that human beings visit space through breaking one's ________ down.
(a) Self.
(b) Teacher.
(c) Books.
(d) Study.

9. Bawa lived alone in a ________ before beginning to teach in Sri Lanka in the 1940s before moving to Philadelphia.
(a) Mountain.
(b) Igloo.
(c) Jungle.
(d) Cave dwelling.

10. Barks asks the reader to be in a state of _______ instead of reading about it, to live the connection about which Rumi speaks.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Spirituality.
(c) Study.
(d) Devotion.

11. Rumi speaks of the surrendering to __________ which brings light to all one's flaws, within one of his poems.
(a) Innocence.
(b) Truth.
(c) Timelessness.
(d) Love.

12. Rumi asks the reader to welcome all __________ in one's life, even the ones which are negative.
(a) Emotions.
(b) People.
(c) Animals.
(d) Lessons.

13. The __________ of the world around Rumi will become his clothes and his jewels, according to the teachings of Rumi's teacher.
(a) Secrets.
(b) Lessons.
(c) Elements.
(d) Clouds.

14. Barks writes in the commentary that Rumi was asked once why we wrote so much since he valued ___________.
(a) Music.
(b) Dance.
(c) Silence.
(d) Truth.

15. Then, according to Rumi, the student felt love and became the __________ cast by the light of the teacher.
(a) Peace.
(b) Shadow.
(c) Truth.
(d) Witness.

Short Answer Questions

1. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.

2. When one begins to break down, Rumi says this is _________ and a feeling of being outside of time.

3. The spiritual journey discussed by Shams and Rumi is one in which one needs to break down the self to find the basic roots of _________ in humanity.

4. Rumi talks to the reader about the desired kiss as the _________ coming up into the lips of a person.

5. "Come Back, My Friend" is a poem about the many times that Rumi has lost connection with his ___________.

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