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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. Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the remote town of _______ in what is now Afghanistan.

3. The story of Joseph focuses on the loss of his _____ of many colors that has false blood on it to convince people of his death.

4. The pull of love is something Rumi compares to a ________, urging the reader to realize learning is about more than just books.

5. The ________ breath brings a presence, through the head to the heart, with a mantra, "God alone is real."

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the reed when it is cut, according to the writings of Rumi?

2. What does Rumi say has happened since he has been knocking on a door?

3. What is the metaphor Rumi uses to urge the reader to take risks in their life?

4. What does Rumi do when he is so impressed with the depth of the knowledge of Shams?

5. 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?

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

7. What happens when you fast, according to the narrator of the poem, in one of Rumi's writings?

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 question Shams asks Rumi, which leads Rumi to believe that Shams is a great person?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Rumi, anything or anyone that is loved reflects the lover's spirituality as love brings one closer to God.

Part 1: What kinds of love do you think Rumi feels are going to best bring someone closer to God?

Part 2: How do you think love brings one closer to God and closer to spiritual fulfillment?

Part 3: Is it possible for everyone to find love and thus to find spiritual fulfillment?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Rumi often gives the reader warnings about paying attention to the world around them, lest they miss something more important or beautiful.

Part 1: Do you think you are able to focus on the things which are important in your own life?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi wants the reader to focus on everything around them?

Part 3: How do you look at the world? Do you focus on tiny details or can you focus on the big picture?

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