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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. When a man is approached by a person who wants to bring his reluctant cousin to a spiritual leader, what is used to convince the cousin?
(a) Money.
(b) A promise for truth.
(c) Fish soup.
(d) Prayers.

3. "______ think they're looking for each other, but there's only one search: wandering the world."
(a) Family.
(b) Co-workers.
(c) Lovers.
(d) Friends.

4. Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the remote town of _______ in what is now Afghanistan.
(a) Balkh.
(b) Konya.
(c) Anatolia.
(d) Bestami.

5. In one poem, Rumi begins to describe two lovers who are ___________ and drinking water.
(a) Walking.
(b) Singing.
(c) Dancing.
(d) Sleeping.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi slipped back into what ______ the Greek called the whole catastrophe as a living example of another possibility for life.

2. In one of the poems, ______ cuts open a fish and discovers a gold ring. Omar storms in to kill the prophet.

3. Not doing the work God sent you to do is like "pounding a _____ of the finest tempering to hang things on."

4. A baby __________ hears a whistling and is thus driven to fly into the sky, according to Rumi.

5. Rumi suggests not doing the work God sent you for is "like using a priceless Indian _____ to cut rotten meat."

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Rumi compare human beings who do not explore their own spirituality?

2. What are some of the ways a person will be able to bring themselves into the present moment, according to Barks?

3. What are the amazing things prophets have done, according to the writings of Rumi?

4. Describe the metaphor Rumi uses when it comes to the black sky and the moon.

5. How does breathing help to calm a person, according to Barks' thoughts at the beginning of the section?

6. What happens when you fast, according to the narrator of the poem, in one of Rumi's writings?

7. What is the profession of Rumi when Barks introduces him at the beginning of this book?

8. What happens to the reed when it is cut, according to the writings of Rumi?

9. What does Rumi have to say about the road to Mecca when he is describing the idea that some mysteries aren't meant to be known?

10. What does Rumi do when he is so impressed with the depth of the knowledge of Shams?

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