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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. The robe of the teacher creates _________, according to Rumi, and the teacher also creates new life.
2. In a dream, according to Rumi, an _____________ in a garden of love reached out to call him forward.
3. Rumi's poem begins by stating that this state of being is the only _______ of which he knows.
4. The poet states that ________ don't prepare us for the journey we all have to make, according to one of the poems.
5. Rumi speaks of the surrendering to __________ which brings light to all one's flaws, within one of his poems.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rumi say that he doesn't regret in his life, according to one of his poems?
2. What is essential in the windows of one heart to another, according to the writings of Rumi?
3. Why does the poet say that it is not necessary to grieve, according to the writings of Rumi?
4. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?
5. What does Rumi try to do in order to find his lover again, according to the writings of Rumi?
6. What did the poet's teacher teach him to do, according to the writings of Rumi?
7. What does Rumi think that cow might experience when they are in Baghdad?
8. What does Barks say that openings are a place for, according to his commentary in this section?
9. How does Rumi describe the idea of love in the last section of these poems?
10. What does Rumi have to say about the gamble of love and what does he urge the reader to do?
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
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 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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