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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Besides works by that writer, what other book does Rilke always have accessible to him?
(a) The Torah.
(b) The Origin of Species.
(c) A volume of Shakespearian sonnets.
(d) The Bible.

5. What does the young poet write about in his third letter to Rilke that Rilke mentions in his letter back to the young poet?
(a) His decision to become a sculptor.
(b) His first publication.
(c) The works of William Shakespeare.
(d) The works of Jens Peter Jacobsen.

6. What novel does Rilke discuss in letter three?
(a) Pifer.
(b) Niels Lyhne.
(c) Jude the Obscure.
(d) Across the World.

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

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

9. In what season does Rilke write the second letter?
(a) Spring.
(b) Winter.
(c) Fall.
(d) Summer.

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

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

12. On what holiday does the young poet write his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Valentine's Day.
(b) Epiphany.
(c) Christmas.
(d) Easter.

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

14. 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.

15. 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 Easter, 1903.
(c) The young poet's letter of Easter, 1907.
(d) The young poet's letter of May 2, 1903.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke believe is wrong with sex?

2. In what year does Rilke write the fourth letter?

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

4. In letter three, how many books does Rilke say he has published?

5. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?

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