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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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 is inspired by necessity.
(d) If it moves its readers.

3. What writer does Rilke revere most?
(a) Alfred Lord Tennyson.
(b) Jens Peter Jacobsen.
(c) Thomas Hardy.
(d) Ovid.

4. 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.

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

6. 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 as many magazines as possible.
(c) Discontinue his efforts to receive feedback from publishers and other external parties.
(d) Send his poems to Rilke's publisher.

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

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

9. From where does Rilke write the fourth letter?
(a) Worpswede, near Bremen, Germany.
(b) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(c) Paris, France.
(d) Berlin, Germany.

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

11. How does Rilke advise the young poet to view sex?
(a) To fear it.
(b) To see it as a temptation to be avoided.
(c) To distance sex from art.
(d) To rejoice in it but not lose oneself in it.

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

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

14. What does Rilke enclose with his third letter to the young poet?
(a) Copies of some of his poems.
(b) A list of his most recent books.
(c) Names of publishers to whom the young poet can send his work.
(d) A note to Professor Horacek.

15. 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 inner examination will result in the young poet determining a different course that may be better for the young poet.
(c) The young poet may be able to have a well-paying career.
(d) The young poet might then discover his talents for music.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?

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

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

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

5. Whose ideas about sex does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid subscribing to?

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