The Illuminated Rumi Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 poet compares himself to a __________, stripped of its petals and of its leaves, within one of the poems.

2. _________ are the wandering Sufis who laugh and love at everything, but they are in turmoil inside.

3. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.

4. Rumi stops his list of things which he uses to describe a friend within his poem in order to ______________.

5. When Rumi's teacher would wash his hands, the water would turn to ___________, according to Rumi.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened to his crying when the poet was brought to life, according to the writings of Rumi?

3. What are the three ways in which Rumi could write, according to Shams?

4. What happens during the chess game between Shams and Rumi, according to Barks?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rumi think that cow might experience when they are in Baghdad?

10. What do the Sufis think about love and about its ability to help people, according to the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many cases, Rumi seems to be struggling with his feelings about God and about his life, writing them out in his poems.

Part 1: Do you think it's normal to have problems deciding what you feel about your religion and your faith?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi continues to struggle with his relationship with God, its meaning, and its importance?

Part 3: Should there come a time when you don't have to struggle with the idea of your faith anymore?

Essay Topic 2

The new moon is used as a metaphor for patients and allowing for slowness in creation.

Part 1: Why do you think patience is so valuable when you are trying to create a stronger spiritual connection?

Part 2: Do you agree that patience is important in your life? How so?

Part 3: What do you think you could do in order to cultivate more patience in your life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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