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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How old is the young poet when he begins corresponding with Rilke?
(a) 25.
(b) 19.
(c) 28.
(d) 12.

3. 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.

4. 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 Prague.
(c) A military academy in Germany.
(d) A military acdemy in Oslo.

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

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

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

8. 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 is difficult."
(d) "Everything serious can be solved through love."

9. 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.

10. What does Rilke say the young poet should do if he determines he should not be a poet?
(a) He should join the military.
(b) He should pursue the musical arts.
(c) He should quit writing completely.
(d) He should pursue the visual arts.

11. In the first letter, which of the young poet's pieces does Rilke say demonstrates the most talent?
(a) "To Leopardi."
(b) Sonnet IV.
(c) "Ode to the Hills."
(d) "My Soul."

12. 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 may be able to have a well-paying career.
(c) The young poet may discover that he has a spiritual calling.
(d) The young poet might then discover his talents for music.

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

14. What does Rilke enclose with his third letter to the young poet?
(a) Names of publishers to whom the young poet can send his work.
(b) Copies of some of his poems.
(c) A list of his most recent books.
(d) A note to Professor Horacek.

15. In letter three, how many books does Rilke say he has published?
(a) 12 or 13.
(b) 18.
(c) 20 or 21.
(d) 25 or 26.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what season does Rilke write the second letter?

2. What does Rilke advise the young poet to buy in letter three?

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

4. What is Rilke's salutation at the end of the first letter?

5. During what decade does the correspondence contained in this volume take place?

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