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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 describes love as many things which come to his heart, like a thousand ____________ in one grain.

2. The poet states that ________ don't prepare us for the journey we all have to make, according to one of the poems.

3. The poets asks for a __________ to climb into the Friend, and the response is that this item is in the person's head.

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

5. The poet has to ask Shams and _________ to help him, since he is partly within himself and partly outside of himself.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the fragrance bring back to Rumi, when he's lost a connection to a loved one, according to the poem?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The story of Shams and Rumi is one which plays out from one page to the next in this book, a story of friendship and the sharing of knowledge.

Part 1: Why do you think Shams and Rumi got along as well as they did?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi still felt the need to be competitive with Shams?

Part 3: Do you think all relationships are competitive on some level? Why or why not?

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