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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 a field, beyond right and wrong, where the ________ goes and loses ideas and language.
(a) Hand.
(b) Mind.
(c) Soul.
(d) Heart.

2. Shams points out that what everyone is actually worshiping is ___________, rather than a higher being.
(a) Each other.
(b) An idea.
(c) A song.
(d) Nature.

3. Then, according to Rumi, the student felt love and became the __________ cast by the light of the teacher.
(a) Witness.
(b) Truth.
(c) Peace.
(d) Shadow.

4. Rumi speaks of the surrendering to __________ which brings light to all one's flaws, within one of his poems.
(a) Truth.
(b) Timelessness.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Love.

5. The poet says the reader is what every religion intends, urging _______ from love and from weeping.
(a) Lessons.
(b) Order.
(c) Calm.
(d) Madness.

Short Answer Questions

1. In a dream, according to Rumi, an _____________ in a garden of love reached out to call him forward.

2. Barks points out that Shams believed that Rumi wrote in _________ ways when he wrote to teach others.

3. The poet asks a reader to imagine returning to the place from whence they came and imagine being greeted with _________.

4. When Rumi's teacher would wash his hands, the water would turn to ___________, according to Rumi.

5. Lovers have to ________________, but they will find something of infinite value, according to the writing of Rumi.

Short Essay Questions

1. When Shams asks about if the drop stays still in the ocean, what does he tell Rumi to do?

2. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?

3. What happens as the result of surrendering to love, according to the writings of Rumi?

4. What does Rumi tell the reader to do in order to start their own spiritual journey, like Moses or Joseph did?

5. What does the teacher say about speaking scripture, according to the writings of Rumi?

6. What happens during the chess game between Shams and Rumi, according to Barks?

7. What happens as the result of the spiritual journey that Shams and Rumi discuss?

8. What does Rumi try to do in order to find his lover again, according to the writings of Rumi?

9. What are the three ways in which Rumi could write, according to Shams?

10. What do the Sufis think about love and about its ability to help people, according to the book?

(see the answer keys)

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