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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rumi believes humans have an inherent instinct to be on a ___________, just a a bird is driven to fly.

2. Rumi describes paying attention to the breath and letting go of the _______ with outward breaths.

3. _______ was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt , gradually came to power there, and made a complicated trade route.

4. Rumi doesn't want "wealth and position." He suggests that in this matter he is "______ resisting the most enormous magnet there is."

5. Rumi states, in "The Prophets" no one knows if the _______ will sink or reach the harbor.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of Ramahrishna that Rumi tells at the start of this section of the book?

2. What is the metaphor Rumi uses in order to describe the pull of love in one's life and how one should be pulled by love?

3. What does Zuleikha, an Egyptian woman in love with Joseph, do with the shirt that Joseph wears in the story?

4. Describe the metaphor Rumi uses when it comes to the black sky and the moon.

5. How does breathing help to calm a person, according to Barks' thoughts at the beginning of the section?

6. After the narrator says they are no religion or culture, not east or west, what does the narrator say they do belong to?

7. What doesn't matter in the midst of an orchard in the spring, according to the writings of Rumi?

8. What does Rumi realize about his friend Shams when he doesn't believe that he is actually dead?

9. What are some of the ways a person will be able to bring themselves into the present moment, according to Barks?

10. What is the real work of human beings, according to the writings of Rumi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rumi refers to God as a human being in the first section of his writing, which might seem to be a strange concept to many readers.

Part 1: Why do you think that Rumi decided that God was a human being?

Part 2: Do you agree that God should be compared to a human being, with all of their flaws and failings?

Part 3: How do you think Rumi should address the idea of God? Is there another way which would work better?

Essay Topic 2

The spirituality in these poems is apparent, even if it's not clear there is a specific dogma to which Rumi ascribes.

Part 1: Why do you think spirituality was so important to Rumi when he was writing his poems?

Part 2: Do you think that spirituality informs all writing or just poetry?

Part 3: How do you think the poems might have changed without the introduction of spirituality?

Essay Topic 3

Rumi tells the reader they must work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the material world.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi feels the spiritual world is so important in the life of the reader?

Part 2: How can one work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the physical world?

Part 3: Do you think that you are working as hard in the spiritual world as you do in the material world?

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