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

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

3. Rumi met his companion Shams of _______ , described as a "street boddhisattva", in the marketplace.

4. Rumi sent his son _______ to bring back his exiled companion. He was found playing cards with the future St. Francis of Assisi.

5. In one of the poems Rumi states, "We are charlatans... or maybe just a ______ hair brush in a painter's hand."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the amazing things prophets have done, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

5. Where do human beings sit, according to the writings of Rumi, when they are in a prison?

6. What is the question Shams asks Rumi, which leads Rumi to believe that Shams is a great person?

7. What does Rumi have to say about the road to Mecca when he is describing the idea that some mysteries aren't meant to be known?

8. What do Barks and Rumi have to say about the rhythms and the way that a person breathes in their life?

9. Who does Rumi say will not be able to wake to the truth, according to the writings of Rumi?

10. What happens after Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, according to the writings of Rumi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of Shams and Rumi is one which plays out from one page to the next in this book, a story of friendship and the sharing of knowledge.

Part 1: Why do you think Shams and Rumi got along as well as they did?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi still felt the need to be competitive with Shams?

Part 3: Do you think all relationships are competitive on some level? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The new moon is used as a metaphor for patients and allowing for slowness in creation.

Part 1: Why do you think patience is so valuable when you are trying to create a stronger spiritual connection?

Part 2: Do you agree that patience is important in your life? How so?

Part 3: What do you think you could do in order to cultivate more patience in your life?

Essay Topic 3

Some of the poems in this collection of Rumi's work celebrate the idea of openness in life and in spirit.

Part 1: Why do you think openness is essential in life?

Part 2: Do you think that openness is something which can be easily cultivated in life?

Part 3: How do you think that you can personally cultivate more openness in your own life?

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