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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 the poem, "Give ______ slowly" Rumi uses the new moon as a metaphor for patients and slowness in creation.

2. Rumi lived most of his life in ______ Turkey which at the time was a great meeting place for many different cultures.

3. The pull of love is something Rumi compares to a ________, urging the reader to realize learning is about more than just books.

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

5. Rumi met his companion Shams of _______ , described as a "street boddhisattva", in the marketplace.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What will happen after the traveler's legs become tired during the journey?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Within many of the poems that Rumi writes are references to biblical figures, even though Rumi is considered to be another religion besides Christian.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi resonates with the stories of the biblical figures?

Part 2: Does it seem to be cultural appropriation to use the biblical stories in Rumi's poems?

Part 3: How do you think stories can impact us, even if they're not 'our' stories?

Essay Topic 3

Rumi says that the reader should focus on the now and not look ahead to the future.

Part 1: Why do you think that it's more important to focus on the now? Do you agree?

Part 2: How do you think staying in the present can help a person develop spiritually and emotionally?

Part 3: Do you believe that you focus more on the future or on the present moment?

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