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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 asserts in his poems that "the miracle of ______ is himself, not what he said or did about the future."

2. 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.

3. When Rumi regained consciousness, he stated that _______ was the greater because he realized the breadth of God.

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

5. In the poem "The Prophets" the people wonder "How long should we keep pounding this cold _____?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

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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