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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 became joyous, and then died, and then became a fool, according to his writing, and then became scattered _________.

2. When asked how long he would remain in pain, Rumi answered that he was a _________ and his friend was the whole night.

3. It is essential, according to Rumi, to know of the __________, which may sometimes be open and sometimes closed.

4. What is the game that Rumi and Shams played, according to Barks, which brought them closer together?

5. Rumi's poem begins by stating that this state of being is the only _______ of which he knows.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does the poet ask Shams and the Sun to help him in his poems, according to the writings of Rumi?

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

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

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

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

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

Barks points out that repetition can be spiritual, not numbing as many people have come to think of it, in his opinion.

Part 1: Why do you think repeating something again and again can be spiritual?

Part 2: Are there any things you do again and again which you might find spiritual?

Part 3: How do you think the brain changes when it has to repeat the same action again and again?

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