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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 poem at the start of this section describes the idea that human beings visit space through breaking one's ________ down.

2. Rumi says to give up wanting what others hand and says that the day is a __________ day, according to his writing.

3. When asked how long he would remain in pain, Rumi answered that he was a _________ and his friend was the whole night.

4. When the poet talks about tearing down the ___________, he is talking about tearing down the self.

5. The spiritual journey discussed by Shams and Rumi is one in which one needs to break down the self to find the basic roots of _________ in humanity.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened as a result of Zuleikha loving Joseph so much that he became everything to her?

2. What happens as the result of the spiritual journey that Shams and Rumi discuss?

3. Why does the poet say that it is not necessary to grieve, according to the writings of Rumi?

4. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?

5. What happens as the result of surrendering to love, according to the writings of Rumi?

6. What does Barks suggest is the identity of the 'you' in Rumi's poem, as it is not clear who this person is?

7. What are the differences that Rumi says do not exist in the garden of mystic lovers?

8. How does Rumi describe the idea of love in the last section of these poems?

9. What are some of the things Rumi says are a part of a friend of all things?

10. What does Rumi say that he doesn't regret in his life, according to one of his poems?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The story of Shams and Rumi is one which plays out from one page to the next in this book, a story of friendship and the sharing of knowledge.

Part 1: Why do you think Shams and Rumi got along as well as they did?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi still felt the need to be competitive with Shams?

Part 3: Do you think all relationships are competitive on some level? Why or why not?

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