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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. From where does Rilke instruct the young poet to derive inspiration?
(a) The words of other poets.
(b) Nature, common human experiences, and memories.
(c) Music.
(d) The political climate of the times.

2. Why does it take Rilke so long to respond to the young poet's second letter?
(a) Rilke has lost the letter.
(b) Rilke has left it in another city.
(c) Rilke has been ill.
(d) Rilke has been busy writing.

3. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?
(a) Rilke cannot read the young poet's work because he is blind.
(b) Rilke says that critical commentary is insufficient for understanding a work of art.
(c) Rilke believes the young poet's work is flawless.
(d) Rilke is ill and does not have the physical stamina to read the young poet's work.

4. To what does Rilke compare artistic experience?
(a) Sex.
(b) Religion.
(c) Epiphany.
(d) Transcendence.

5. From where is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet postmarked?
(a) Munich.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Prague.
(d) Paris.

6. Rilke says that there is only one thing that "can grasp and hold and be just toward" art. What is that thing?
(a) Open-mindedness.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Hope.
(d) Love.

7. On what holiday does the young poet write his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Valentine's Day.
(b) Epiphany.
(c) Easter.
(d) Christmas.

8. How does Rilke say one can know if a poem is good?
(a) If it moves its readers.
(b) If it is inspired by necessity.
(c) If it helps readers understand life.
(d) If it reflects human nature.

9. In what year is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet written?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1909.
(d) 1910.

10. How long ago has Rilke departed from the city he has left before arriving at the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) A month.
(b) Two days.
(c) Two weeks.
(d) 10 days.

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

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

13. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?
(a) Humans' misuse and waste of it.
(b) Its ability to keep artists away from their work.
(c) Its temptation.
(d) Its ability to bring happiness.

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

15. What does Rilke tell the young poet about irony?
(a) Irony should be liberally used.
(b) Irony should never be used.
(c) Irony should be sparingly used.
(d) Irony should only be used for humor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke advise the young poet to buy in letter three?

2. In what year does Rilke write the fourth letter?

3. In the first letter, in what manner does Rilke suggest the young poet can tend to his personal growth?

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

5. In the first letter, which of the young poet's pieces does Rilke say demonstrates the most talent?

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