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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rilke advise the young poet to view sex?
(a) To fear it.
(b) To see it as a temptation to be avoided.
(c) To distance sex from art.
(d) To rejoice in it but not lose oneself in it.

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

4. What is Rilke's salutation at the end of the first letter?
(a) "With gratitude and happiness."
(b) "Yours faithfully and with all sympathy."
(c) "Warmest regards."
(d) "Yours faithfully."

5. In the second letter, who does Rilke cite as his artistic influences?
(a) Jens Peter Jacobsen and Auguste Rodin.
(b) Jens Peter Jacobsen and the writer of the Psalms.
(c) Shakespeare and Beethoven.
(d) The writer of the Psalms and Shakespeare.

6. How does the young poet describe the writer and personal acquaintance Rilke mentions?
(a) "Living and writing with blood."
(b) "Living and writing in heat."
(c) "Living and writing among the living."
(d) "Living and writing with true passion."

7. 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.

8. Where is the young poet who is the recipient of the letters studying when he begins to receive correspondence from Rilke?
(a) A military academy in Paris.
(b) A military academy in Germany.
(c) A military academy in Prague.
(d) A military acdemy in Oslo.

9. Whose ideas about sex does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid subscribing to?
(a) Jens Peter Jacobsen's.
(b) Professor Horacek's.
(c) Rilke's own.
(d) Richard Dehmel's.

10. What novel does Rilke discuss in letter three?
(a) Across the World.
(b) Niels Lyhne.
(c) Pifer.
(d) Jude the Obscure.

11. Rilke challenges the young poet to ask himself a question regarding his writing. What is that question?
(a) "Is my writing genuine?"
(b) "Must I write?"
(c) "Must all of these words be part of the work?"
(d) "Is my writing truly reflective of myself?"

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

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

14. What does Rilke advise the young poet to take comfort in if he feels uneasy in his new profession?
(a) Writing.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Reading.
(d) Solitude.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rilke suggest one knows if one should not be a poet?

2. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?

3. What does the young poet write about in his third letter to Rilke that Rilke mentions in his letter back to the young poet?

4. In letter three, what does Rilke claim to be the most important element of becoming an artist?

5. Where does Rilke say humans should look for lessons on how to approach sex and pleasure?

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