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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?
(a) If Rilke can help the poet get published.
(b) If Rilke can send the poet a poem Rilke has written.
(c) If his poems are good.
(d) If Rilke can come visit him.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What type of poetry does Rilke advise the poet not to write?
(a) Narrative poems.
(b) Love poems and other common forms.
(c) Lyric poems.
(d) Epics.

10. From whom does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid seeking advice?
(a) Artists.
(b) Parents.
(c) Military officers.
(d) Poets.

11. What does Rilke say about Professor Horacek in his first letter?
(a) That the professor is a great poet.
(b) That the professor is a great scholar.
(c) That he holds admiration and gratitude for the professor.
(d) That the professor helps to nurse Rilke back to health as a boy.

12. Rilke challenges the young poet to ask himself a question regarding his writing. What is that question?
(a) "Must all of these words be part of the work?"
(b) "Is my writing truly reflective of myself?"
(c) "Must I write?"
(d) "Is my writing genuine?"

13. What does Rilke say the young poet should do if he determines he should not be a poet?
(a) He should pursue the musical arts.
(b) He should quit writing completely.
(c) He should pursue the visual arts.
(d) He should join the military.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke call himself in relation to the young poet at the end of the first letter?

2. How does Rilke say one can know if a poem is good?

3. What does the young poet write about in his third letter to Rilke that Rilke mentions in his letter back to the young poet?

4. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?

5. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?

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