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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke advise the young poet to buy in letter three?
(a) A collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare.
(b) A collection of the complete works of Sophocles.
(c) A collection of the complete works of Homer.
(d) A collection of the complete works of Jens Peter Jacobsen.

2. In what year does Rilke write the fourth letter?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1912.

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

4. Why has Rilke come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) To meet with his publisher.
(b) To improve his health.
(c) To write in solitude.
(d) To visit his family.

5. 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) Human communication.
(b) Human suffering.
(c) Works of art.
(d) Human frailty.

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

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

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

9. Which letter from the young poet is Rilke responding to with his fourth letter?
(a) The young poet's letter of May 2, 1908.
(b) The young poet's letter of May 2, 1903.
(c) The young poet's letter of Easter, 1903.
(d) The young poet's letter of Easter, 1907.

10. In the fourth letter, who does Rilke say is more similar than people think?
(a) Humans and animals.
(b) Officers and prisoners.
(c) Men and women.
(d) Artists and farmers.

11. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke say he wishes human beings are more reverent toward?
(a) Art.
(b) Their sexuality.
(c) Solitude.
(d) Independence.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the third letter, what does Rilke say he wishes he could do for the young poet but is unable to do?

3. What is Rilke's primary criticism of the young poet's writing in the first letter?

4. What does Rilke ask the young poet to do for him at the end of the first letter?

5. On what holiday does the young poet write his third letter to Rilke?

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