The Illuminated Rumi Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Anyone or anything that is loved reflects the lover's ____________, according to Barks in relation to the Sufis.
(a) Truth.
(b) Peace.
(c) Goodness.
(d) Spirituality.

4. Rumi asks the reader to accept _________, as everything comes from a higher place, according to his writing.
(a) Lessons.
(b) Troubles.
(c) People.
(d) Injuries.

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

6. Bawa's teachings not only encouraged Barks, but they also encouraged Barks to bring Rumi to ____________.
(a) The Christians.
(b) The publishing market.
(c) The West.
(d) The temples.

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

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

9. The poet calls out for his _____'s return and to re-live their union during the course of one of his poems.
(a) Brother.
(b) Friend.
(c) Mother.
(d) Lover.

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

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

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

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

14. When asked how long he would remain in pain, Rumi answered that he was a _________ and his friend was the whole night.
(a) Moonbeam.
(b) Student.
(c) Star.
(d) Candle.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi asks the reader to make a __________, abhorring spiritual windowshoppers who are not giving fully of themselves.

2. Barks talks in his commentary about the mysterious "________" in the poem, though he defines it differently.

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

4. Though the _________ tries to think and read to find his lover again, there is no help in it, he realizes.

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

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