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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 "___" is an illusion, according to Rumi, and this is why this part needs to be removed from the experience.
(a) Lesson.
(b) Truth.
(c) I.
(d) Correctedness.

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

3. The _____________ who are there in the orchard do not matter, according to Rumi, along with the light and the wine.
(a) Teachers.
(b) Birds.
(c) Students.
(d) Sweethearts.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Rumi realizes that in all of his searching, he has actually been waiting to be _________ as opposed to brought inside.

4. Rumi gives a definition for what we are, "You are the strange business. You have the energy of the ______ in you."

5. Rumi instructs us to "consider what the prophets have done. ______ wore fire for an anklet, Moses spoke to the sea."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What should a person do with their life instead of acting from fear, according to the writings of Rumi?

8. What will happen to a person's present life when they are going on a spiritual journey, 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. What is the metaphor Rumi uses to urge the reader to take risks in their life?

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