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

2. "______ think they're looking for each other, but there's only one search: wandering the world."

3. "Sufis adore the darkness of the deep night, like the blackness of the ______ cloth, when conversation with the divine is easiest."

4. Rumi notes there is nothing worse than going to ______ without another person, the vague 'you.'

5. The ________ breath brings a presence, through the head to the heart, with a mantra, "God alone is real."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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 compares himself to a seeker who thinks he needs to get into somewhere special, only to realize that he is actually trying to get out.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi uses the metaphors of animals so often in his poems?

Part 2: How do you interpret the idea of knocking on a door, only to realize one needs to be let out, not let in?

Part 3: How do you think a person can begin to release themselves from the inside of their journey?

Essay Topic 3

Rumi is a man who asked a lot of questions, if the poems are to be believed as being his life retold.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important to ask a lot of questions?

Part 2: How do you think a person might learn in life if they don't ask any questions?

Part 3: Are you a person who likes to ask a lot of questions? Why do you ask a lot of questions or why don't you?

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