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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Barks compares humans talking about God to fish talking about the _________, in his commentary.
(a) Sun.
(b) Bible.
(c) Air.
(d) Sea.

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

3. Rumi decided to answer that he wrote so much because no ________ came from the radiance inside of him.
(a) Words.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Truth.
(d) Peace.

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

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

6. The robe of the teacher creates _________, according to Rumi, and the teacher also creates new life.
(a) Music.
(b) Violence.
(c) Peace.
(d) Weather.

7. Rumi asks the reader to make a __________, abhorring spiritual windowshoppers who are not giving fully of themselves.
(a) Book.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Blood oath.
(d) Commitment.

8. Rumi tells the reader to start __________ on their own personal journey to enlightenment, according to one of the poems.
(a) Dancing.
(b) Walking.
(c) Skipping.
(d) Crawling.

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

10. _________ are the wandering Sufis who laugh and love at everything, but they are in turmoil inside.
(a) Qualudes.
(b) Qalans.
(c) Quandaries.
(d) Qalandars.

11. There is beauty in every meeting or gathering, the presence of _________, of 'the Friend' in one of Rumi's poems.
(a) Students.
(b) Masters.
(c) Love.
(d) Grains.

12. The __________ inside of its cocoon is the metaphor which Rumi uses in order to discuss a man's journey into himself.
(a) Caterpillar.
(b) Silkworm.
(c) Butterfly.
(d) Snake.

13. 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.

14. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.
(a) Thought.
(b) Bowl.
(c) Stone.
(d) Heart.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. The __________ of the world around Rumi will become his clothes and his jewels, according to the teachings of Rumi's teacher.

3. The ________ speaking scripture brings the dead students of scripture to life, according to Rumi.

4. Shams comes down from the ___________, the poet says, and the readers will become the doorkeepers.

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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