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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. Shams asks Rumi who is greater, Muhammad the messenger of God, or ______ a mystic who claimed to be one with God.
(a) Konya.
(b) Balkh.
(c) Bestami.
(d) Tabriz.

2. Rumi doesn't want "wealth and position." He suggests that in this matter he is "______ resisting the most enormous magnet there is."
(a) Iron.
(b) Silver.
(c) Steel.
(d) Gold.

3. Barks reminds the reader about how often ______ is used as a piece of advice for calming one's self.
(a) Praying.
(b) Walking.
(c) Breathing.
(d) Chanting.

4. Rumi encourages the reader to be the __________ nearest the thorn that he is, according to his writing.
(a) Holly.
(b) Ivy.
(c) Bush.
(d) Rose.

5. Rumi suggests that human beings are like "some weird kind of ______ that wants to stay melted in the furnace."
(a) Iron.
(b) Gold.
(c) Lead.
(d) Silver.

Short Answer Questions

1. The _____________ who are there in the orchard do not matter, according to Rumi, along with the light and the wine.

2. Rumi suggests "My _____ is from elsewhere. Whoever brought me here will have to take me home."

3. Rumi points out that while others are laughing and dancing, there are few who will hear the ________ hidden within the notes.

4. Rumi suggests that people listen to his message with the ear that is in the center of the _______.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What will happen to a person's present life when they are going on a spiritual journey, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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