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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 poet.
(c) That the professor helps to nurse Rilke back to health as a boy.
(d) That the professor is a great scholar.

4. 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 is bored by one's own writing.
(c) If one cannot get published after 100 tries.
(d) If one can live without writing.

5. How does Professor Horacek know Rilke?
(a) Professor Horacek knows Rilke's grandfather.
(b) Professor Horacek raises Rilke.
(c) Professor Horacek teaches Rilke at a military academy.
(d) Professor Horacek is Rilke's editor.

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

7. 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 first publication.
(b) The works of William Shakespeare.
(c) His decision to become a sculptor.
(d) The works of Jens Peter Jacobsen.

8. What is Rilke's salutation at the end of the first letter?
(a) "With gratitude and happiness."
(b) "Yours faithfully and with all sympathy."
(c) "Yours faithfully."
(d) "Warmest regards."

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

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

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

12. In letter three, what does Rilke claim to be the most important element of becoming an artist?
(a) Creativity.
(b) Open-mindedness.
(c) Patience.
(d) Love.

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 is shallow.
(c) It lacks creativity.
(d) It does not rhyme.

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

15. What does Rilke thank the young poet for at the end of the first letter?
(a) The young poet's talent.
(b) The young poet's admiration.
(c) The young poet's confidence.
(d) The young poet's effort.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet written?

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

4. What does Rilke tell the young poet to rejoice in?

5. Who does Rilke tell the young poet to be considerate of because of their fear of solitude?

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