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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 was able to take all the usual existential issues that human beings face on a daily basis and change them to ______.
2. In one of the poems Rumi states, "We are charlatans... or maybe just a ______ hair brush in a painter's hand."
3. Rumi sent his son _______ to bring back his exiled companion. He was found playing cards with the future St. Francis of Assisi.
4. The pull of love is something Rumi compares to a ________, urging the reader to realize learning is about more than just books.
5. Rumi notes there is nothing worse than going to ______ without another person, the vague 'you.'
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Barks and Rumi have to say about the rhythms and the way that a person breathes in their life?
2. What is the metaphor Rumi uses to urge the reader to take risks in their life?
3. What does Barks have to say about Rumi as being a True Human Being? What does Barks say this means?
4. What happens when you fast, according to the narrator of the poem, in one of Rumi's writings?
5. What does Rumi do when he is so impressed with the depth of the knowledge of Shams?
6. What happens to the reed when it is cut, according to the writings of Rumi?
7. Describe the metaphor Rumi uses when it comes to the black sky and the moon.
8. Where do human beings sit, according to the writings of Rumi, when they are in a prison?
9. What does Rumi realize about his friend Shams when he doesn't believe that he is actually dead?
10. What are the amazing things prophets have done, according to the writings of Rumi?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Human beings can change, according to Rumi, which is something the reader needs to keep in mind.
Part 1: Why do you think it's important to remember that human beings can change?
Part 2: Do you think that you are capable of change in your own life?
Part 3: How do you think human beings are capable of change?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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