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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What writer and personal acquaintance does Rilke discuss in letter three?
(a) Thomas Hardy.
(b) Professor Horacek.
(c) Richard Strauss.
(d) Richard Dehmel.

6. In the first letter, what does Rilke cite as the most disruptive hindrance to the young poet's progress?
(a) Non-artistic work.
(b) Looking for others to answer the poet's own personal questions.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Romantic entanglements.

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

8. If the young poet discovers he should not be a poet, Rilke suggests that his inner examination will not be worthless. Why not?
(a) The young poet may discover that he has a spiritual calling.
(b) The young poet might then discover his talents for music.
(c) The young poet may be able to have a well-paying career.
(d) The inner examination will result in the young poet determining a different course that may be better for the young poet.

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

10. In the first letter, in what manner does Rilke suggest the young poet can tend to his personal growth?
(a) Publicly.
(b) Patiently.
(c) Quietly and seriously.
(d) Aggressively.

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

12. How does the young poet describe the writer and personal acquaintance Rilke mentions?
(a) "Living and writing with blood."
(b) "Living and writing among the living."
(c) "Living and writing in heat."
(d) "Living and writing with true passion."

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides works by that writer, what other book does Rilke always have accessible to him?

2. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke say he wishes human beings are more reverent toward?

3. During what decade does the correspondence contained in this volume take place?

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

5. What does Rilke advise the young poet to seek in regard to his sexuality?

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