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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 suggests not doing the work God sent you for is "like using a priceless Indian _____ to cut rotten meat."
(a) Hatchet.
(b) Spear.
(c) Knife.
(d) Sword.

2. In one of the poems, ______ cuts open a fish and discovers a gold ring. Omar storms in to kill the prophet.
(a) Jesus.
(b) Shams.
(c) Solomon.
(d) Tabriz.

3. 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) Prayers.
(b) Money.
(c) Fish soup.
(d) A promise for truth.

4. Rumi met his companion Shams of _______ , described as a "street boddhisattva", in the marketplace.
(a) Tabriz.
(b) Bestami.
(c) Konya.
(d) Balkh.

5. Not doing the work God sent you for is the equivalent of "using a _____ bowl to cook turnips in.
(a) Jeweled.
(b) Silver.
(c) Gold.
(d) Iron.

Short Answer Questions

1. The _________ represents the imagination where the spiritual journey takes place, according to Rumi.

2. ______ means the sun, and Rumi often referred to him in his poetry which he began writing after his friend's death.

3. Rumi was able to take all the usual existential issues that human beings face on a daily basis and change them to ______.

4. In the poem, "Give ______ slowly" Rumi uses the new moon as a metaphor for patients and slowness in creation.

5. Rumi urges the reader to let go of the _____, the covering clothes, and to be naked in the world, according to his writing.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Who does Rumi say will not be able to wake to the truth, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

6. What will happen after the traveler's legs become tired during the journey?

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

8. What happens after Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, according to the writings of Rumi?

9. Where do human beings sit, according to the writings of Rumi, when they are in a prison?

10. Why was Shams pushed out of the area by the students of Rumi, according to the beginning of the book?

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