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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?
(a) If Rilke can send the poet a poem Rilke has written.
(b) If Rilke can come visit him.
(c) If his poems are good.
(d) If Rilke can help the poet get published.

2. Where is Rilke when he writes the second letter?
(a) Athens, Greece.
(b) Berlin, Germany.
(c) Florence, Italy.
(d) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.

3. What does Rilke say the young poet should do if he determines he should not be a poet?
(a) He should quit writing completely.
(b) He should pursue the musical arts.
(c) He should join the military.
(d) He should pursue the visual arts.

4. What does Rilke tell the young poet to rejoice in?
(a) The young poet's growth.
(b) The young poet's writing.
(c) The young poet's parents.
(d) The young poet's work.

5. What does Rilke view as a challenge of the young poet's new profession?
(a) Its lack of creativity.
(b) Its lack of free time.
(c) Its rigorous hours.
(d) Its adherence to convention.

6. In what year is Rilke's second letter composed?
(a) 1902.
(b) 1905.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1903.

7. In the first letter, what does Rilke advise the poet to do to improve his writing?
(a) Emulate the best classical poets.
(b) Take a poetry class with Rilke.
(c) Begin studying music.
(d) Examine his inner self to determine what writing means to him.

8. What does Rilke thank the young poet for at the end of the first letter?
(a) The young poet's confidence.
(b) The young poet's talent.
(c) The young poet's effort.
(d) The young poet's admiration.

9. What does Rilke say about everything that is serious?
(a) "Everything serious can be found in art."
(b) "Everything serious is difficult."
(c) "Everything serious is actually simple."
(d) "Everything serious can be solved through love."

10. What acquaintance do Rilke and the young poet have in common?
(a) Professor Horacek.
(b) Professor Kruppa.
(c) A distant cousin.
(d) James Joyce.

11. In what season does Rilke write the second letter?
(a) Spring.
(b) Winter.
(c) Summer.
(d) Fall.

12. What type of locale is Rilke in as he is writing the fourth letter to the young poet?
(a) A city.
(b) A rural plain.
(c) A farm.
(d) A southern seaside.

13. In the first letter, what does Rilke cite as the most disruptive hindrance to the young poet's progress?
(a) Romantic entanglements.
(b) Non-artistic work.
(c) Looking for others to answer the poet's own personal questions.
(d) Drinking.

14. From whom does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid seeking advice?
(a) Poets.
(b) Artists.
(c) Parents.
(d) Military officers.

15. In the third letter, what does Rilke say he wishes he could do for the young poet but is unable to do?
(a) Present the poet's work to Rilke's publishers.
(b) Give the poet some of his own books.
(c) Visit the young poet.
(d) Publish the poet's work.

Short Answer Questions

1. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?

2. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?

3. In the fourth letter, who does Rilke say is more similar than people think?

4. What type of poetry does Rilke advise the poet not to write?

5. How long ago has Rilke departed from the city he has left before arriving at the place where he composes the fourth letter?

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