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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 suggests that "sitting in hell at the bottom of the dark, we are afraid of our own ________."
(a) Immortality.
(b) Smallness.
(c) Love.
(d) Immensity.

2. Rumi suggests not doing the work God sent you for is "like using a priceless Indian _____ to cut rotten meat."
(a) Spear.
(b) Sword.
(c) Hatchet.
(d) Knife.

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

4. The writer continues to tell the reader to keep working, searching for __________ in the daily practice.
(a) Answers.
(b) Love.
(c) Women.
(d) Water.

5. The poet quotes Muhammad in one of the poems, saying that he will come take a person before _________.
(a) Dawn.
(b) Nightfall.
(c) Death.
(d) Birth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi lived most of his life in ______ Turkey which at the time was a great meeting place for many different cultures.

2. Joseph gives his Egyptian shirt to his ______ to lay over the eyes of Jacob, whose vision is then restored.

3. Rumi's students saw ______ as a madman and he was eventually forced out of the area.

4. Rumi asks when seeing the birds flying in frenzied patterns whether the one he _______ is everywhere.

5. Rumi describes a ______ that wakes up one day to discover that he is "the entire vineyard, and the orchard too."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens after Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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 metaphor Rumi uses to urge the reader to take risks in their life?

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

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

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

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

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