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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 describes the journey a person must make as drinking ______ like water and eating sunset, in his poems.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Moonshine.
(c) Dawn.
(d) Truth.

2. Rumi compares daily spiritual practice to continuing to knock at a ___________ to eventually contact the joy inside.
(a) Door.
(b) Tree.
(c) Window.
(d) Rock.

3. Rumi relishes things like walking, meditation, and fasting as they help to bring a person into ____________.
(a) Themselves.
(b) The connection with God.
(c) A new love.
(d) The moment.

4. 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.
(a) Outer.
(b) Surface.
(c) Inner.
(d) Lower.

5. Whose table is spread with better food when a person fasts, according to Rumi?
(a) Jehovah's.
(b) Allah's.
(c) Jesus'.
(d) Muhammad's.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Rumi sent his son _______ to bring back his exiled companion. He was found playing cards with the future St. Francis of Assisi.

3. The writer continues to tell the reader to keep working, searching for __________ in the daily practice.

4. When Rumi regained consciousness, he stated that _______ was the greater because he realized the breadth of God.

5. According to the book, Rumi lived by the idea that _______ is the religion instead of being tied to a particular paradigm.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the story of Ramahrishna that Rumi tells at the start of this section of the book?

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

4. What doesn't matter in the midst of an orchard in the spring, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

8. What is the real work of human beings, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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