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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 poet describes _________ appearing at the footsteps of his teacher, in one of his poems in this section.
(a) Flowers.
(b) Books.
(c) Puddles.
(d) Gold pieces.

2. Barks points out that Shams believed that Rumi wrote in _________ ways when he wrote to teach others.
(a) Ten.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

3. When Rumi's teacher would wash his hands, the water would turn to ___________, according to Rumi.
(a) Gold.
(b) Light.
(c) Ash.
(d) Silver.

4. __________ in the presence, at the price of one's life, is a bargain, according to one of the poems of Rumi.
(a) Kissing.
(b) Kneeling.
(c) Singing.
(d) Thinking.

5. The poet has to ask Shams and _________ to help him, since he is partly within himself and partly outside of himself.
(a) Books.
(b) Moon.
(c) Peasant.
(d) Sun.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi speaks of the surrendering to __________ which brings light to all one's flaws, within one of his poems.

2. Rumi notes that everywhere a reader goes, they will perceive others as they themselves are, just as a _________ will ignore the amazing city of Baghdad.

3. Rumi also believes that a reader should _________, even if they don't mean it at first.

4. Bawa's teachings not only encouraged Barks, but they also encouraged Barks to bring Rumi to ____________.

5. The poet calls out for his _____'s return and to re-live their union during the course of one of his poems.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rumi have to say about the gamble of love and what does he urge the reader to do?

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

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

4. What did the poet's teacher teach him to do, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

8. How does Rumi describe the idea of love in the last section of these poems?

9. What does Barks suggest is the identity of the 'you' in Rumi's poem, as it is not clear who this person is?

10. What does the fragrance bring back to Rumi, when he's lost a connection to a loved one, according to the poem?

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