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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Rilke tell the young poet to be considerate of because of their fear of solitude?
(a) Children.
(b) Artists who have not yet found their way.
(c) Parents.
(d) The elderly.

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

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

4. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?
(a) Rilke is ill and does not have the physical stamina to read the young poet's work.
(b) Rilke cannot read the young poet's work because he is blind.
(c) Rilke believes the young poet's work is flawless.
(d) Rilke says that critical commentary is insufficient for understanding a work of art.

5. 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) A note to Professor Horacek.
(d) Names of publishers to whom the young poet can send his work.

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

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

8. 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 does not like to read others' poetry.
(c) If one is bored by one's own writing.
(d) If one can live without writing.

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

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

11. What does Rilke send to the young poet in reply to the poet's first letter?
(a) A volume of Rilke's poetry.
(b) A list of potential publishers.
(c) A letter and the poet's poems.
(d) Money.

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

13. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?
(a) Inedependence and self-sufficiency.
(b) Discipline and self-sufficiency.
(c) Independence and solitude.
(d) Discipline and solitude.

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

15. How old is the young poet when he begins corresponding with Rilke?
(a) 19.
(b) 28.
(c) 25.
(d) 12.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the second letter, who does Rilke cite as his artistic influences?

2. From where does Rilke write the fourth letter?

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

4. What is the name of the young poet who is the recipient of the letters contained in this volume?

5. In what year does Rilke write the third letter?

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