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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 man compares himself to a __________ in the sunrise, saying that he is lost in his lover's reflection.
(a) Sapphire.
(b) Emerald.
(c) Ruby.
(d) Diamond.

2. The _________ represents the imagination where the spiritual journey takes place, according to Rumi.
(a) Cave.
(b) Closet.
(c) Ocean.
(d) Orchard.

3. A baby __________ hears a whistling and is thus driven to fly into the sky, according to Rumi.
(a) Owl.
(b) Eagle.
(c) Pigeon.
(d) Hawk.

4. Fullness _______ the soul, while emptiness frees it, according to the writing of Rumi in the poem.
(a) Depletes.
(b) Fills.
(c) Oppresses.
(d) Engages.

5. Rumi notes there is only one search in the world: "___________ this world is wandering that..."
(a) Living.
(b) Breathing.
(c) Knowing.
(d) Wandering.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi's mystical work was contained within the patterns of ______ Sufism but the life was witness to the boundless universality of the heart.

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

3. Shams asks Rumi who is greater, Muhammad the messenger of God, or ______ a mystic who claimed to be one with God.

4. According to the book, the eye is for _______; the soul for joy. The head is for loving; the legs for running.

5. Rumi doesn't want "wealth and position." He suggests that in this matter he is "______ resisting the most enormous magnet there is."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What does Rumi realize about his friend Shams when he doesn't believe that he is actually dead?

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

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

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

9. What is the question Shams asks Rumi, which leads Rumi to believe that Shams is a great person?

10. After the narrator says they are no religion or culture, not east or west, what does the narrator say they do belong to?

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