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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. When one begins to break down, Rumi says this is _________ and a feeling of being outside of time.
2. Rumi asks the reader to accept _________, as everything comes from a higher place, according to his writing.
3. Though the _________ tries to think and read to find his lover again, there is no help in it, he realizes.
4. The poet says that he is a letter to everyone around him, a letter which says, "_______" according to the poet.
5. The poets asks for a __________ to climb into the Friend, and the response is that this item is in the person's head.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rumi tell the reader to do in order to start their own spiritual journey, like Moses or Joseph did?
2. What happened to his crying when the poet was brought to life, 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. What does the teacher say about speaking scripture, according to the writings of Rumi?
5. What are the differences that Rumi says do not exist in the garden of mystic lovers?
6. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?
7. What does Rumi think that cow might experience when they are in Baghdad?
8. What are the three ways in which Rumi could write, according to Shams?
9. What does Barks say that openings are a place for, according to his commentary in this section?
10. What are some of the things Rumi says are a part of a friend of all things?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rumi continues to use metaphors in the poems, helping to show the reader how they are akin to other beings and plants in the world.
Part 1: Why do you think poets rely on metaphors to help them with their messages?
Part 2: Do you think it's better to use metaphors or to speak directly to a reader?
Part 3: How do you think the metaphors affect a reader? How did the metaphors affect you as you read them?
Essay Topic 2
The new moon is used as a metaphor for patients and allowing for slowness in creation.
Part 1: Why do you think patience is so valuable when you are trying to create a stronger spiritual connection?
Part 2: Do you agree that patience is important in your life? How so?
Part 3: What do you think you could do in order to cultivate more patience in your 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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