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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 says that humans should explore the reality of ____________, the grittiness of the soul and not live in the ideal.

2. Rumi notes that everywhere a reader goes, they will perceive others as they themselves are, just as a _________ will ignore the amazing city of Baghdad.

3. Shams points out that what everyone is actually worshiping is ___________, rather than a higher being.

4. Then, according to Rumi, the student felt love and became the __________ cast by the light of the teacher.

5. The poet speaks of being locked in a _________ and of someone who brings him good and forgives him.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Even everyday tasks are supposed to bring one closer to the spiritual connections in one's life, according to Rumi.

Part 1: Why are everyday tasks just as important to spiritual tasks?

Part 2: Do you think that there are mundane tasks you do which connect you with the spiritual side of your life?

Part 3: How do you think you could turn mundane tasks into spiritual ones?

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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