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

2. Not doing the work God sent you to do is like "pounding a _____ of the finest tempering to hang things on."

3. Rumi advises the reader to disappear with the _________ each month and to bend like a tree limb.

4. Rumi encourages the reader to be the __________ nearest the thorn that he is, according to his writing.

5. The poet notes that he is nothing, not from an origin story, not body or __________, according to the writing.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Barks have to say about Rumi as being a True Human Being? What does Barks say this means?

3. What will happen to a person's present life when they are going on a spiritual journey, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

7. Why was Shams pushed out of the area by the students of Rumi, according to the beginning of the book?

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

9. What is the profession of Rumi when Barks introduces him at the beginning of this book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of translating poems from one language to another is tricky as one can never be sure whether the translation is 'right.'

Part 1: Do you think that an accurate translation is better than one which is more thoughtful?

Part 2: How do you think a poem might change during the course of being translated?

Part 3: Why do you think Coleman Barks thought it necessary to translate these poems?

Essay Topic 3

Human beings don't know what they are, according to Rumi. He believes human beings are much more powerful than they realize.

Part 1: Do you think that human beings are more powerful than they realize?

Part 2: What sorts of powers might human beings have which they are not using as well as they could?

Part 3: Why do you think Rumi wants to ensure the reader knows they are powerful?

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