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. 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.

2. The ________ speaking scripture brings the dead students of scripture to life, according to Rumi.

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

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. The poet describes himself as being someone who wants little and who needs only a _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Barks suggest is the identity of the 'you' in Rumi's poem, as it is not clear who this person is?

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

7. What happens as the result of surrendering to love, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

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 says that the emptiness inside of a person is what allows for music to be sung and heard.

Part 1: What do you think Rumi means by the emptiness inside of a person?

Part 2: Do you agree that having emptiness is essential for creating music in one's life?

Part 3: How do you think a person can cultivate emptiness in order to create music in one's life?

Essay Topic 3

Rumi compares himself to a seeker who thinks he needs to get into somewhere special, only to realize that he is actually trying to get out.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi uses the metaphors of animals so often in his poems?

Part 2: How do you interpret the idea of knocking on a door, only to realize one needs to be let out, not let in?

Part 3: How do you think a person can begin to release themselves from the inside of their journey?

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