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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The poet speaks of happiness for an unknown reason, and it becomes easy to ______, though the joy is inexplicable.
(a) Surrender.
(b) Laugh.
(c) Cry.
(d) Smile.

2. Rumi says that humans should explore the reality of ____________, the grittiness of the soul and not live in the ideal.
(a) Churches.
(b) God.
(c) Books.
(d) Humanity.

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

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

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

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

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

8. __________ in the presence, at the price of one's life, is a bargain, according to one of the poems of Rumi.
(a) Thinking.
(b) Singing.
(c) Kissing.
(d) Kneeling.

9. Rumi notes that everywhere a reader goes, they will perceive others as they themselves are, just as a _________ will ignore the amazing city of Baghdad.
(a) Cow.
(b) Fly.
(c) Ant.
(d) Child.

10. Rumi compares his soul to a drop in a spiritual _________ saying that it is always a certain season the human soul.
(a) Bucket.
(b) Ocean.
(c) Scripture.
(d) Homily.

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

12. Barks talks about a teacher, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who taught both himself and MIchael Green, the book's __________.
(a) Publisher.
(b) Editor.
(c) Typesetter.
(d) Illustrator.

13. When Rumi's teacher would wash his hands, the water would turn to ___________, according to Rumi.
(a) Light.
(b) Ash.
(c) Gold.
(d) Silver.

14. What images in the book does Barks say reflect the idea of openings within the world and in the poems?
(a) Windows.
(b) Doors.
(c) Cages.
(d) Birds.

15. The poet asks the reader what caused a __________ to open and to consume them within their lives.
(a) Hole.
(b) Smoke.
(c) Candle.
(d) Darkness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shams points out that what everyone is actually worshiping is ___________, rather than a higher being.

2. What is the game that Rumi and Shams played, according to Barks, which brought them closer together?

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

4. Barks writes in the commentary that Rumi was asked once why we wrote so much since he valued ___________.

5. What season does Rumi say it always is within the human soul, according to his writing?

(see the answer keys)

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