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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Rilke writes that "most events are inexpressible," and says that one category of things is more inexpressible than all the rest. What is this category?
(a) Human communication.
(b) Human suffering.
(c) Works of art.
(d) Human frailty.

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

3. 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) Sonnet IV.
(d) "Ode to the Hills."

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

5. Where is the young poet who is the recipient of the letters studying when he begins to receive correspondence from Rilke?
(a) A military academy in Paris.
(b) A military academy in Germany.
(c) A military academy in Prague.
(d) A military acdemy in Oslo.

6. Which letter from the young poet is Rilke responding to with his fourth letter?
(a) The young poet's letter of Easter, 1903.
(b) The young poet's letter of Easter, 1907.
(c) The young poet's letter of May 2, 1903.
(d) The young poet's letter of May 2, 1908.

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

8. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?
(a) Rilke believes the young poet's work is flawless.
(b) Rilke says that critical commentary is insufficient for understanding a work of art.
(c) Rilke cannot read the young poet's work because he is blind.
(d) Rilke is ill and does not have the physical stamina to read the young poet's work.

9. What does Rilke advise the young poet to seek in regard to his sexuality?
(a) A sexuality that is the young poet's own, individualized sexuality.
(b) A sexuality that is moderate.
(c) A sexuality that is based on creativity.
(d) A sexuality that is passionate and fierce.

10. How long ago has Rilke departed from the city he has left before arriving at the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) Two days.
(b) A month.
(c) Two weeks.
(d) 10 days.

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

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

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

14. Why has Rilke come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) To improve his health.
(b) To meet with his publisher.
(c) To write in solitude.
(d) To visit his family.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of locale is Rilke in as he is writing the fourth letter to the young poet?

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

3. What has brought Rilke to the place from where he writes the second letter?

4. How old is the young poet when he begins corresponding with Rilke?

5. In the first letter, in what manner does Rilke suggest the young poet can tend to his personal growth?

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