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

3. The destination may be unclear for __________ understanding, according to Rumi, but one should walk anyway.

4. Rumi points out that while others are laughing and dancing, there are few who will hear the ________ hidden within the notes.

5. In one of the poems, ______ cuts open a fish and discovers a gold ring. Omar storms in to kill the prophet.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What should a person do with their life instead of acting from fear, according to the writings of Rumi?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. To what does Rumi compare human beings who do not explore their own spirituality?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even everyday tasks are supposed to bring one closer to the spiritual connections in one's life, according to Rumi.

Part 1: Why are everyday tasks just as important to spiritual tasks?

Part 2: Do you think that there are mundane tasks you do which connect you with the spiritual side of your life?

Part 3: How do you think you could turn mundane tasks into spiritual ones?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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