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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. __________ is the character Rumi describes as a metalworker, making new shapes out of locks and chains.
(a) David.
(b) Thomas.
(c) Jacob.
(d) Joseph.

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

3. Rumi's poem begins by stating that this state of being is the only _______ of which he knows.
(a) Truth.
(b) Water.
(c) Peace.
(d) Death.

4. Rumi asks the reader to make a __________, abhorring spiritual windowshoppers who are not giving fully of themselves.
(a) Blood oath.
(b) Book.
(c) Prayer.
(d) Commitment.

5. The poet asks the reader what caused a __________ to open and to consume them within their lives.
(a) Smoke.
(b) Hole.
(c) Darkness.
(d) Candle.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi says that he does not regret love or passion, but owners everyone's __________, according to the writing.

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

3. Rumi describes love as many things which come to his heart, like a thousand ____________ in one grain.

4. Rumi stops his list of things which he uses to describe a friend within his poem in order to ______________.

5. Barks points out the use of the word "_______" in one of the poems to be intended for the end of a vigil.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Barks ask a reader to do in relation to being in a state of spirituality?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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