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. Bawa lived alone in a ________ before beginning to teach in Sri Lanka in the 1940s before moving to Philadelphia.

2. Bawa's teachings not only encouraged Barks, but they also encouraged Barks to bring Rumi to ____________.

3. Rumi became joyous, and then died, and then became a fool, according to his writing, and then became scattered _________.

4. 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.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What did the poet's teacher teach him to do, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

Rumi refers to God as a human being in the first section of his writing, which might seem to be a strange concept to many readers.

Part 1: Why do you think that Rumi decided that God was a human being?

Part 2: Do you agree that God should be compared to a human being, with all of their flaws and failings?

Part 3: How do you think Rumi should address the idea of God? Is there another way which would work better?

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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