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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. "Come Back, My Friend" is a poem about the many times that Rumi has lost connection with his ___________.
(a) Loved one.
(b) Purpose.
(c) Studies.
(d) Home.

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

3. When one begins to break down, Rumi says this is _________ and a feeling of being outside of time.
(a) Fall.
(b) Summer.
(c) Spring.
(d) Winter.

4. Rumi compares his soul to a drop in a spiritual _________ saying that it is always a certain season the human soul.
(a) Scripture.
(b) Bucket.
(c) Ocean.
(d) Homily.

5. Rumi talks to the reader about the desired kiss as the _________ coming up into the lips of a person.
(a) Soul.
(b) Respect.
(c) Truth.
(d) Lesson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barks talks in his commentary about the mysterious "________" in the poem, though he defines it differently.

2. The poet speaks of happiness for an unknown reason, and it becomes easy to ______, though the joy is inexplicable.

3. The poet asks the reader what caused a __________ to open and to consume them within their lives.

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

5. Rumi confesses to wanting to have his teacher's __________ in order that he might fly too.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened as a result of Zuleikha loving Joseph so much that he became everything to her?

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

4. What is essential in the windows of one heart to another, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

8. What does Rumi say that he doesn't regret in his life, according to one of his poems?

9. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?

10. What happened to his crying when the poet was brought to life, according to the writings of Rumi?

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