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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) Studies.
(b) Purpose.
(c) Loved one.
(d) Home.

2. Rumi wants the reader to know that embracing _________ transforms this into joy.
(a) Hurt.
(b) Books.
(c) Others.
(d) Animals.

3. Anyone or anything that is loved reflects the lover's ____________, according to Barks in relation to the Sufis.
(a) Spirituality.
(b) Peace.
(c) Goodness.
(d) Truth.

4. Rumi tells the reader to start __________ on their own personal journey to enlightenment, according to one of the poems.
(a) Dancing.
(b) Crawling.
(c) Walking.
(d) Skipping.

5. It is essential, according to Rumi, to know of the __________, which may sometimes be open and sometimes closed.
(a) Door.
(b) Soul.
(c) Heart.
(d) Window.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is NOT one of the ways in which Rumi writes, according to Barks in his commentary piece?

2. Rumi says to give up wanting what others hand and says that the day is a __________ day, according to his writing.

3. What images in the book does Barks say reflect the idea of openings within the world and in the poems?

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

5. What is the game that Rumi and Shams played, according to Barks, which brought them closer together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does the poet say that it is not necessary to grieve, according to the writings of Rumi?

6. What are the differences that Rumi says do not exist in the garden of mystic lovers?

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

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

9. What does Barks say that openings are a place for, according to his commentary in this section?

10. What are some of the things Rumi says are a part of a friend of all things?

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