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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. Rumi describes love as many things which come to his heart, like a thousand ____________ in one grain.
(a) Ideas.
(b) Truths.
(c) Pieces.
(d) Wheat plants.

2. The poet describes himself as being someone who wants little and who needs only a _____________.
(a) Half a loaf of bread.
(b) Song.
(c) Prayer.
(d) Piece of cheese.

3. The poet states that ________ don't prepare us for the journey we all have to make, according to one of the poems.
(a) Words.
(b) Chants.
(c) Presents.
(d) Prayers.

4. Rumi became joyous, and then died, and then became a fool, according to his writing, and then became scattered _________.
(a) Thought.
(b) Smoke.
(c) Water.
(d) Pebbles.

5. Lovers have to ________________, but they will find something of infinite value, according to the writing of Rumi.
(a) Fight with each other.
(b) Fall into a hole.
(c) Know the truth.
(d) Separate.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shams points out that what everyone is actually worshiping is ___________, rather than a higher being.

2. Rumi compares his soul to a drop in a spiritual _________ saying that it is always a certain season the human soul.

3. Rumi speaks in the poem mentioned in #157 about a _________ bringing him back to this lost connection.

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

5. Barks compares humans talking about God to fish talking about the _________, in his commentary.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

5. What does Barks suggest is the identity of the 'you' in Rumi's poem, as it is not clear who this person is?

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

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

8. What happens as the result of surrendering to love, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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