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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 uses the metaphor of being sent to do a task by a King, and forgetting in the poem "The _____ Work".

2. When Rumi died, he was mourned by members of all of the following religious groups except _______.

3. Rumi describes the journey a person must make as drinking ______ like water and eating sunset, in his poems.

4. According to the book, when Rumi realized the greatness of Shams, he fell off his _______ unconscious.

5. Rumi describes a ______ that wakes up one day to discover that he is "the entire vineyard, and the orchard too."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does breathing help to calm a person, according to Barks' thoughts at the beginning of the section?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Rumi says that the emptiness inside of a person is what allows for music to be sung and heard.

Part 1: What do you think Rumi means by the emptiness inside of a person?

Part 2: Do you agree that having emptiness is essential for creating music in one's life?

Part 3: How do you think a person can cultivate emptiness in order to create music in one's life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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