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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. __________ makes Rumi fierce and tender, according to his own admission in one of his poems.

2. Rumi stops his list of things which he uses to describe a friend within his poem in order to ______________.

3. Rumi also believes that a reader should _________, even if they don't mean it at first.

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

5. Rumi confesses to wanting to have his teacher's __________ in order that he might fly too.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Barks ask a reader to do in relation to being in a state of spirituality?

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

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

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

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

10. What happens as the result of the spiritual journey that Shams and Rumi discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of translating poems from one language to another is tricky as one can never be sure whether the translation is 'right.'

Part 1: Do you think that an accurate translation is better than one which is more thoughtful?

Part 2: How do you think a poem might change during the course of being translated?

Part 3: Why do you think Coleman Barks thought it necessary to translate these poems?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

According to Rumi, anything or anyone that is loved reflects the lover's spirituality as love brings one closer to God.

Part 1: What kinds of love do you think Rumi feels are going to best bring someone closer to God?

Part 2: How do you think love brings one closer to God and closer to spiritual fulfillment?

Part 3: Is it possible for everyone to find love and thus to find spiritual fulfillment?

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