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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 instructs us to "consider what the prophets have done. ______ wore fire for an anklet, Moses spoke to the sea."

2. Sufis are loved the world over for reminding us that the glory is our ______ reality and the opposite is a kind of language for expressing it.

3. In one of the poems Rumi states, "We are charlatans... or maybe just a ______ hair brush in a painter's hand."

4. Rumi describes paying attention to the breath and letting go of the _______ with outward breaths.

5. Rumi's mystical work was contained within the patterns of ______ Sufism but the life was witness to the boundless universality of the heart.

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

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

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

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

6. What is the real work of human beings, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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 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 2

The concept of translating poems from one language to another is tricky as one can never be sure whether the translation is 'right.'

Part 1: Do you think that an accurate translation is better than one which is more thoughtful?

Part 2: How do you think a poem might change during the course of being translated?

Part 3: Why do you think Coleman Barks thought it necessary to translate these poems?

Essay Topic 3

According to Rumi, anything or anyone that is loved reflects the lover's spirituality as love brings one closer to God.

Part 1: What kinds of love do you think Rumi feels are going to best bring someone closer to God?

Part 2: How do you think love brings one closer to God and closer to spiritual fulfillment?

Part 3: Is it possible for everyone to find love and thus to find spiritual fulfillment?

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