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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rilke suggest one knows if one should not be a poet?
(a) If one cannot get published after 100 tries.
(b) If one can live without writing.
(c) If one does not like to read others' poetry.
(d) If one is bored by one's own writing.

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

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

5. In the fourth letter, where does Rilke instruct the young poet to look for answers to his deepest questions?
(a) Sexuality.
(b) Nature.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Creativity.

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

7. In the first letter, which of the young poet's pieces does Rilke say demonstrates the most talent?
(a) Sonnet IV.
(b) "My Soul."
(c) "Ode to the Hills."
(d) "To Leopardi."

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

9. In the first letter, in what manner does Rilke suggest the young poet can tend to his personal growth?
(a) Quietly and seriously.
(b) Aggressively.
(c) Patiently.
(d) Publicly.

10. In letter three, what does Rilke claim to be the most important element of becoming an artist?
(a) Open-mindedness.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Love.
(d) Patience.

11. 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 enemies, but as friends.
(b) Not as lovers, but as friends.
(c) Not as sexual objects, but as human beings.
(d) Not as opposites, but as human beings.

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

13. What has brought Rilke to the place from where he writes the second letter?
(a) Rilke has moved there to work on his writing.
(b) Rilke has moved there to be close to his family.
(c) Rilke has moved there because the community is very supportive of his writing.
(d) Rilke has moved there to get well.

14. Where is Rilke when he writes the third letter?
(a) Berlin, Germany.
(b) Florence, Italy.
(c) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(d) Rome, Italy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Rilke compare artistic experience?

2. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke instruct the young poet to do regarding the poet's unanswered questions?

3. What does Rilke send to the young poet in reply to the poet's first letter?

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

5. What does Rilke tell the young poet about irony?

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