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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 speaks of happiness for an unknown reason, and it becomes easy to ______, though the joy is inexplicable.
(a) Cry.
(b) Smile.
(c) Surrender.
(d) Laugh.

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

3. _________ are the wandering Sufis who laugh and love at everything, but they are in turmoil inside.
(a) Quandaries.
(b) Qalans.
(c) Qalandars.
(d) Qualudes.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi's poem begins by stating that this state of being is the only _______ of which he knows.

2. The __________ of the world around Rumi will become his clothes and his jewels, according to the teachings of Rumi's teacher.

3. Barks talks about a teacher, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who taught both himself and MIchael Green, the book's __________.

4. When the poet talks about tearing down the ___________, he is talking about tearing down the self.

5. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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