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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. __________ is the character Rumi describes as a metalworker, making new shapes out of locks and chains.

2. Who is the madman that wields a knife, the thing which is a nihilist that embraces destruction?

3. The ________ speaking scripture brings the dead students of scripture to life, according to Rumi.

4. Rumi tells the reader to start __________ on their own personal journey to enlightenment, according to one of the poems.

5. "Come Back, My Friend" is a poem about the many times that Rumi has lost connection with his ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Barks say that openings are a place for, according to his commentary in this section?

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

3. What does the fragrance bring back to Rumi, when he's lost a connection to a loved one, according to the poem?

4. What is essential in the windows of one heart to another, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

6. When Shams asks about if the drop stays still in the ocean, what does he tell Rumi to do?

7. What does the teacher say about speaking scripture, according to the writings of Rumi?

8. What does Barks ask a reader to do in relation to being in a state of spirituality?

9. What does Rumi try to do in order to find his lover again, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The spirituality in these poems is apparent, even if it's not clear there is a specific dogma to which Rumi ascribes.

Part 1: Why do you think spirituality was so important to Rumi when he was writing his poems?

Part 2: Do you think that spirituality informs all writing or just poetry?

Part 3: How do you think the poems might have changed without the introduction of spirituality?

Essay Topic 2

Some of the poems in this collection of Rumi's work celebrate the idea of openness in life and in spirit.

Part 1: Why do you think openness is essential in life?

Part 2: Do you think that openness is something which can be easily cultivated in life?

Part 3: How do you think that you can personally cultivate more openness in your own life?

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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