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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 decided to answer that he wrote so much because no ________ came from the radiance inside of him.
3. Rumi tells the reader to start __________ on their own personal journey to enlightenment, according to one of the poems.
4. The poet has to ask Shams and _________ to help him, since he is partly within himself and partly outside of himself.
5. Though the _________ tries to think and read to find his lover again, there is no help in it, he realizes.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the fragrance bring back to Rumi, when he's lost a connection to a loved one, according to the poem?
2. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?
3. What does Barks say that openings are a place for, according to his commentary in this section?
4. When Shams asks about if the drop stays still in the ocean, what does he tell Rumi to do?
5. What does Barks ask a reader to do in relation to being in a state of spirituality?
6. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?
7. What does Rumi try to do in order to find his lover again, according to the writings of Rumi?
8. What did the poet's teacher teach him to do, according to the writings of Rumi?
9. What does the teacher say about speaking scripture, according to the writings of Rumi?
10. What does Rumi have to say about the gamble of love and what does he urge the reader to do?
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
Human beings don't know what they are, according to Rumi. He believes human beings are much more powerful than they realize.
Part 1: Do you think that human beings are more powerful than they realize?
Part 2: What sorts of powers might human beings have which they are not using as well as they could?
Part 3: Why do you think Rumi wants to ensure the reader knows they are powerful?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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