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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rilke say that humans should approach physical pleasure?
(a) As something to use for distraction from worry.
(b) As something to rejoice in.
(c) As something to save for special occasions.
(d) As something to guard carefully.

2. What is the name of the young poet who is the recipient of the letters contained in this volume?
(a) Franz Xaver Kappus.
(b) Franz Rilke.
(c) Xaver Rilke.
(d) Franz Horacek.

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

4. Who does Rilke tell the young poet to be considerate of because of their fear of solitude?
(a) Parents.
(b) Artists who have not yet found their way.
(c) Children.
(d) The elderly.

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

6. In the third letter, Rilke requests that the young poet avoid something. What is it that he asks the poet to avoid?
(a) Reading aesthetic criticism.
(b) Reading contemporary literature.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Studying science.

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

8. Where is Rilke when he writes the second letter?
(a) Athens, Greece.
(b) Berlin, Germany.
(c) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(d) Florence, Italy.

9. In the second letter, who does Rilke cite as his artistic influences?
(a) Shakespeare and Beethoven.
(b) The writer of the Psalms and Shakespeare.
(c) Jens Peter Jacobsen and the writer of the Psalms.
(d) Jens Peter Jacobsen and Auguste Rodin.

10. During what decade does the correspondence contained in this volume take place?
(a) 1920s.
(b) 1890s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1900s.

11. What does Rilke advise the young poet to buy in letter three?
(a) A collection of the complete works of Homer.
(b) A collection of the complete works of William Shakespeare.
(c) A collection of the complete works of Sophocles.
(d) A collection of the complete works of Jens Peter Jacobsen.

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

13. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke say he wishes human beings are more reverent toward?
(a) Solitude.
(b) Their sexuality.
(c) Art.
(d) Independence.

14. In what year does Rilke write the third letter?
(a) 1902.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1903.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. From whom does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid seeking advice?

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

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