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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 also believes that a reader should _________, even if they don't mean it at first.
(a) Discuss.
(b) Pray.
(c) Talk.
(d) Sing.

2. Rumi describes a field, beyond right and wrong, where the ________ goes and loses ideas and language.
(a) Hand.
(b) Heart.
(c) Mind.
(d) Soul.

3. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.
(a) Stone.
(b) Heart.
(c) Bowl.
(d) Thought.

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

5. The poet speaks of being locked in a _________ and of someone who brings him good and forgives him.
(a) Thought.
(b) Tree.
(c) Room.
(d) Jail.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barks points out that Shams believed that Rumi wrote in _________ ways when he wrote to teach others.

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

3. The poem at the start of this section describes the idea that human beings visit space through breaking one's ________ down.

4. The poet says that he is a letter to everyone around him, a letter which says, "_______" according to the poet.

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

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

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

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

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

7. When Shams asks about if the drop stays still in the ocean, what does he tell Rumi to do?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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