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. The poet describes _________ appearing at the footsteps of his teacher, in one of his poems in this section.

2. __________ in the presence, at the price of one's life, is a bargain, according to one of the poems of Rumi.

3. In a dream, according to Rumi, an _____________ in a garden of love reached out to call him forward.

4. What is NOT one of the ways in which Rumi writes, according to Barks in his commentary piece?

5. Rumi says that he does not regret love or passion, but owners everyone's __________, according to the writing.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Rumi try to do in order to find his lover again, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rumi say that he doesn't regret in his life, according to one of his poems?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rumi often gives the reader warnings about paying attention to the world around them, lest they miss something more important or beautiful.

Part 1: Do you think you are able to focus on the things which are important in your own life?

Part 2: Why do you think Rumi wants the reader to focus on everything around them?

Part 3: How do you look at the world? Do you focus on tiny details or can you focus on the big picture?

Essay Topic 2

Within many of the poems that Rumi writes are references to biblical figures, even though Rumi is considered to be another religion besides Christian.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi resonates with the stories of the biblical figures?

Part 2: Does it seem to be cultural appropriation to use the biblical stories in Rumi's poems?

Part 3: How do you think stories can impact us, even if they're not 'our' stories?

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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