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. Though the _________ tries to think and read to find his lover again, there is no help in it, he realizes.

2. There is beauty in every meeting or gathering, the presence of _________, of 'the Friend' in one of Rumi's poems.

3. The poet asks the reader what caused a __________ to open and to consume them within their lives.

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

5. Anyone or anything that is loved reflects the lover's ____________, according to Barks in relation to the Sufis.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Rumi tell the reader to do in order to start their own spiritual journey, like Moses or Joseph did?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rumi have to say about the gamble of love and what does he urge the reader to do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Rumi tells the reader they must work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the material world.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi feels the spiritual world is so important in the life of the reader?

Part 2: How can one work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the physical world?

Part 3: Do you think that you are working as hard in the spiritual world as you do in the material world?

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