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

2. _________ are the wandering Sufis who laugh and love at everything, but they are in turmoil inside.

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

4. The robe of the teacher creates _________, according to Rumi, and the teacher also creates new life.

5. Barks points out that Shams believed that Rumi wrote in _________ ways when he wrote to teach others.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rumi describe the person named David in his writings and poems?

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

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

6. What happened as a result of Zuleikha loving Joseph so much that he became everything to her?

7. What do the Sufis think about love and about its ability to help people, according to the book?

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

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

10. What happens as the result of surrendering to love, according to the writings of Rumi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rumi tells the reader they must work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the material world.

Part 1: Why do you think Rumi feels the spiritual world is so important in the life of the reader?

Part 2: How can one work as hard in the spiritual world as they do in the physical world?

Part 3: Do you think that you are working as hard in the spiritual world as you do in the material world?

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

Even everyday tasks are supposed to bring one closer to the spiritual connections in one's life, according to Rumi.

Part 1: Why are everyday tasks just as important to spiritual tasks?

Part 2: Do you think that there are mundane tasks you do which connect you with the spiritual side of your life?

Part 3: How do you think you could turn mundane tasks into spiritual ones?

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