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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what does Rilke compare artistic experience?
(a) Religion.
(b) Sex.
(c) Transcendence.
(d) Epiphany.

2. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?
(a) Discipline and self-sufficiency.
(b) Independence and solitude.
(c) Discipline and solitude.
(d) Inedependence and self-sufficiency.

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

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

5. What does Rilke ask the young poet to do for him at the end of the first letter?
(a) Write a letter to the young poet's school informing the school of Rilke's success.
(b) Distribute Rilke's books to the young poet's friends.
(c) Tell Professor Horacek of Rilke's esteem for him.
(d) Visit his mother.

6. What does Rilke call himself in relation to the young poet at the end of the first letter?
(a) A master.
(b) A sage.
(c) An expert.
(d) A stranger.

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

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

9. What does the young poet request in his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Suggestions for further reading.
(b) Advice on writing sonnets.
(c) A list of publishers to whom the poet can send his work.
(d) Copies of Rilke's books.

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

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

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

13. How does Rilke suggest one knows if one should not be a poet?
(a) If one cannot get published after 100 tries.
(b) If one can live without writing.
(c) If one does not like to read others' poetry.
(d) If one is bored by one's own writing.

14. In the first letter, what does Rilke advise the poet to do to improve his writing?
(a) Emulate the best classical poets.
(b) Examine his inner self to determine what writing means to him.
(c) Begin studying music.
(d) Take a poetry class with Rilke.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does Rilke write the third letter?

2. What does Rilke send to the young poet in reply to the poet's first letter?

3. How does Rilke advise the young poet to view sex?

4. Rilke challenges the young poet to ask himself a question regarding his writing. What is that question?

5. In letter three, how many books does Rilke say he has published?

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