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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. The Egyptian woman that is in love with Joseph is known as _______, clings to his shirt and tears it from his back.
(a) Zuleikha.
(b) Zulu.
(c) Isis.
(d) Nefertiti.

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

3. The _____ in which Joseph sits in darkness at the bottom of is recognized as a visionary place.
(a) Well.
(b) Cellar.
(c) House.
(d) Cave.

4. When Rumi died, he was mourned by members of all of the following religious groups except _______.
(a) Christians
(b) Taoists.
(c) Muslims.
(d) Jews.

5. Rumi notes there is nothing worse than going to ______ without another person, the vague 'you.'
(a) Eat.
(b) Pray.
(c) Read.
(d) Walk along the street.

Short Answer Questions

1. Love is more than an old study of _________, according to the writing of Rumi in this section.

2. Rumi uses the metaphor of being sent to do a task by a King, and forgetting in the poem "The _____ Work".

3. Sufis are loved the world over for reminding us that the glory is our ______ reality and the opposite is a kind of language for expressing it.

4. Rumi notes there is only one search in the world: "___________ this world is wandering that..."

5. Rumi notes that the miracle of Jesus is ______, not what he did or said about the future, according to the poems.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zuleikha, an Egyptian woman in love with Joseph, do with the shirt that Joseph wears in the story?

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

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

4. What is the metaphor Rumi uses in order to describe the pull of love in one's life and how one should be pulled by love?

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

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

7. What happens with Joseph's shirt when he gives it to his brothers to help their father?

8. What do Barks and Rumi have to say about the rhythms and the way that a person breathes in their life?

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

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

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