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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke ask the young poet to do for him at the end of the first letter?
(a) Visit his mother.
(b) Distribute Rilke's books to the young poet's friends.
(c) Write a letter to the young poet's school informing the school of Rilke's success.
(d) Tell Professor Horacek of Rilke's esteem for him.

2. 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 pursue the visual arts.
(d) He should join the military.

3. What does Rilke enclose with his third letter to the young poet?
(a) A list of his most recent books.
(b) Names of publishers to whom the young poet can send his work.
(c) Copies of some of his poems.
(d) A note to Professor Horacek.

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

5. How does Professor Horacek know Rilke?
(a) Professor Horacek raises Rilke.
(b) Professor Horacek is Rilke's editor.
(c) Professor Horacek teaches Rilke at a military academy.
(d) Professor Horacek knows Rilke's grandfather.

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

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

8. In letter three, how many books does Rilke say he has published?
(a) 18.
(b) 25 or 26.
(c) 12 or 13.
(d) 20 or 21.

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

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

11. What does Rilke suggest that all humans share in, both women and men?
(a) Transcendence.
(b) Reverence.
(c) Motherhood.
(d) Spirituality.

12. What does Rilke believe is wrong with sex?
(a) It distracts the artist from his work.
(b) It goes against Christianity.
(c) It subordinates women.
(d) It is not wholly human and is based on temporary emotions.

13. Rilke indicates that in the future, men and women will approach each other differently than they do at the time of his writing. How will they approach each other?
(a) Not as lovers, but as friends.
(b) Not as sexual objects, but as human beings.
(c) Not as enemies, but as friends.
(d) Not as opposites, but as human beings.

14. During what decade does the correspondence contained in this volume take place?
(a) 1890s.
(b) 1900s.
(c) 1920s.
(d) 1910s.

15. Rilke writes that "most events are inexpressible," and says that one category of things is more inexpressible than all the rest. What is this category?
(a) Works of art.
(b) Human communication.
(c) Human suffering.
(d) Human frailty.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. From where does Rilke instruct the young poet to derive inspiration?

4. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?

5. What does Rilke call himself in relation to the young poet at the end of the first letter?

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