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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Open-mindedness.
(c) Creativity.
(d) Hope.

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

3. From where is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet postmarked?
(a) Munich.
(b) Prague.
(c) Berlin.
(d) Paris.

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

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

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

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

8. What is Rilke's primary criticism of the young poet's writing in the first letter?
(a) It is shallow.
(b) It lacks creativity.
(c) It has no individual style.
(d) It does not rhyme.

9. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?
(a) Humans' misuse and waste of it.
(b) Its ability to bring happiness.
(c) Its temptation.
(d) Its ability to keep artists away from their work.

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

11. 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.

12. What does Rilke advise the poet to do in regard to his efforts to get published?
(a) Send his poems to the United States.
(b) Send his poems to Rilke's publisher.
(c) Discontinue his efforts to receive feedback from publishers and other external parties.
(d) Send his poems to as many magazines as possible.

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

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

15. What does Rilke call himself in relation to the young poet at the end of the first letter?
(a) A master.
(b) An expert.
(c) A stranger.
(d) A sage.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first letter, what does Rilke cite as the most disruptive hindrance to the young poet's progress?

2. From where does Rilke write the fourth letter?

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

4. How does Rilke advise the young poet to view sex?

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

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