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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. A _______ asks a man who is calling to Allah whether he has ever gotten a reply and then chastises the person for continuing to pray.
(a) Cynic.
(b) Book.
(c) Devil.
(d) Demon.

2. The poet asks the reader to give everything, not to dull the drum's noise with a __________.
(a) Blanket.
(b) Rattle.
(c) Tear.
(d) Question.

3. The spiritual journey discussed by Shams and Rumi is one in which one needs to break down the self to find the basic roots of _________ in humanity.
(a) Religion.
(b) Honor.
(c) Witnessing.
(d) Peacefulness.

4. Shams points out that what everyone is actually worshiping is ___________, rather than a higher being.
(a) An idea.
(b) Nature.
(c) Each other.
(d) A song.

5. In a dream, according to Rumi, an _____________ in a garden of love reached out to call him forward.
(a) Old cook.
(b) Old woman.
(c) Old man.
(d) Old child.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi tells the reader to start __________ on their own personal journey to enlightenment, according to one of the poems.

2. The __________ inside of its cocoon is the metaphor which Rumi uses in order to discuss a man's journey into himself.

3. Rumi notes that everywhere a reader goes, they will perceive others as they themselves are, just as a _________ will ignore the amazing city of Baghdad.

4. The poet says the reader is what every religion intends, urging _______ from love and from weeping.

5. The poet says the he would die into _______, as clouds might disappear into the sun, according to his writings.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?

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

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

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