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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. __________ makes Rumi fierce and tender, according to his own admission in one of his poems.
(a) Learning.
(b) Truth.
(c) Hate.
(d) Love.

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

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

4. Who is the madman that wields a knife, the thing which is a nihilist that embraces destruction?
(a) Pity.
(b) Love.
(c) Truth.
(d) Trust.

5. Rumi says that he does not regret love or passion, but owners everyone's __________, according to the writing.
(a) Lessons.
(b) Paths.
(c) Flaws.
(d) Questions.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Rumi asks the reader to welcome all __________ in one's life, even the ones which are negative.

3. "Come Back, My Friend" is a poem about the many times that Rumi has lost connection with his ___________.

4. __________ is the character Rumi describes as a metalworker, making new shapes out of locks and chains.

5. Barks writes in the commentary that Rumi was asked once why we wrote so much since he valued ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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