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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 speaks of the surrendering to __________ which brings light to all one's flaws, within one of his poems.
(a) Truth.
(b) Timelessness.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Love.

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

3. The poet calls out for his _____'s return and to re-live their union during the course of one of his poems.
(a) Mother.
(b) Lover.
(c) Friend.
(d) Brother.

4. The poet says that he is a letter to everyone around him, a letter which says, "_______" according to the poet.
(a) Honor.
(b) Live.
(c) Pray.
(d) Love.

5. Rumi stops his list of things which he uses to describe a friend within his poem in order to ______________.
(a) Dance his dance.
(b) Keep a bird from flying away.
(c) Sing.
(d) Pray.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi became joyous, and then died, and then became a fool, according to his writing, and then became scattered _________.

2. 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.

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

4. The poet states that ________ don't prepare us for the journey we all have to make, according to one of the poems.

5. Rumi uses the metaphor of tilling the soil to plant trees and roses for the way that one breaks up the __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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