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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In what year is Rilke's second letter composed?
(a) 1905.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1908.

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

7. From where does Rilke instruct the young poet to derive inspiration?
(a) Music.
(b) Nature, common human experiences, and memories.
(c) The political climate of the times.
(d) The words of other poets.

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

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

10. Why isn't Rilke able to fill the request the young poet poses in his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Rilk is preparing to move.
(b) Rilke is ill.
(c) Rilke doesn't want to encourage the young poet.
(d) Rilke is too poor to afford to buy his books.

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

12. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke instruct the young poet to do regarding the poet's unanswered questions?
(a) Seek answers in solitude.
(b) Seek answers from artists.
(c) Seek answers from poetry.
(d) Love the questions.

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

14. On what holiday does the young poet write his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Christmas.
(b) Epiphany.
(c) Valentine's Day.
(d) Easter.

15. What has brought Rilke to the place from where he writes the second letter?
(a) Rilke has moved there to work on his writing.
(b) Rilke has moved there to get well.
(c) Rilke has moved there to be close to his family.
(d) Rilke has moved there because the community is very supportive of his writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke say he wishes human beings are more reverent toward?

2. Why has Rilke come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?

3. In the third letter, Rilke requests that the young poet avoid something. What is it that he asks the poet to avoid?

4. What writer does Rilke revere most?

5. What writer and personal acquaintance does Rilke discuss in letter three?

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