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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What city has Rilke departed from to come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) Worpswede, near Bremen, Germany.
(b) Paris, France.
(c) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(d) Berlin, Germany.

2. Where does Rilke say humans should look for lessons on how to approach sex and pleasure?
(a) Plants and animals.
(b) The work of the great poets.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Artists.

3. Why isn't Rilke able to fill the request the young poet poses in his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Rilk is preparing to move.
(b) Rilke doesn't want to encourage the young poet.
(c) Rilke is ill.
(d) Rilke is too poor to afford to buy his books.

4. Where is Rilke when he writes the second letter?
(a) Athens, Greece.
(b) Berlin, Germany.
(c) Florence, Italy.
(d) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. What is the name of the young poet who is the recipient of the letters contained in this volume?
(a) Franz Xaver Kappus.
(b) Xaver Rilke.
(c) Franz Rilke.
(d) Franz Horacek.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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 writer and personal acquaintance does Rilke discuss in letter three?

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

5. What does Rilke tell the young poet to rejoice in?

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