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

2. Joseph gives his Egyptian shirt to his ______ to lay over the eyes of Jacob, whose vision is then restored.

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

4. Rumi urges the reader to let go of the _____, the covering clothes, and to be naked in the world, according to his writing.

5. Rumi suggests "My _____ is from elsewhere. Whoever brought me here will have to take me home."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What is the real work of human beings, 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 refers to God as a human being in the first section of his writing, which might seem to be a strange concept to many readers.

Part 1: Why do you think that Rumi decided that God was a human being?

Part 2: Do you agree that God should be compared to a human being, with all of their flaws and failings?

Part 3: How do you think Rumi should address the idea of God? Is there another way which would work better?

Essay Topic 3

In many cases, Rumi seems to be struggling with his feelings about God and about his life, writing them out in his poems.

Part 1: Do you think it's normal to have problems deciding what you feel about your religion and your faith?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi continues to struggle with his relationship with God, its meaning, and its importance?

Part 3: Should there come a time when you don't have to struggle with the idea of your faith anymore?

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