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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 confesses to wanting to have his teacher's __________ in order that he might fly too.
2. The poet says that he is a letter to everyone around him, a letter which says, "_______" according to the poet.
3. The soul, says Rumi, is in the shape of a ___________, according to one of his many poems.
4. _________ are the wandering Sufis who laugh and love at everything, but they are in turmoil inside.
5. The poets asks for a __________ to climb into the Friend, and the response is that this item is in the person's head.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rumi have to say about the gamble of love and what does he urge the reader to do?
2. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?
3. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?
4. What do the Sufis think about love and about its ability to help people, according to the book?
5. What happens as the result of the spiritual journey that Shams and Rumi discuss?
6. What is essential in the windows of one heart to another, according to the writings of Rumi?
7. What does Barks ask a reader to do in relation to being in a state of spirituality?
8. What happened as a result of Zuleikha loving Joseph so much that he became everything to her?
9. What does Barks suggest is the identity of the 'you' in Rumi's poem, as it is not clear who this person is?
10. What does the teacher say about speaking scripture, according to the writings of Rumi?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rumi says that the reader should focus on the now and not look ahead to the future.
Part 1: Why do you think that it's more important to focus on the now? Do you agree?
Part 2: How do you think staying in the present can help a person develop spiritually and emotionally?
Part 3: Do you believe that you focus more on the future or on the present moment?
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
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?
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