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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the third letter, what does Rilke say he wishes he could do for the young poet but is unable to do?
(a) Publish the poet's work.
(b) Visit the young poet.
(c) Present the poet's work to Rilke's publishers.
(d) Give the poet some of his own books.

2. In what year does Rilke write the fourth letter?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1903.

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

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

5. Rilke says that there is only one thing that "can grasp and hold and be just toward" art. What is that thing?
(a) Hope.
(b) Open-mindedness.
(c) Love.
(d) Creativity.

6. Why does it take Rilke so long to respond to the young poet's second letter?
(a) Rilke has been ill.
(b) Rilke has left it in another city.
(c) Rilke has lost the letter.
(d) Rilke has been busy writing.

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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) 10 days.
(d) Two weeks.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is the young poet when he begins corresponding with Rilke?

2. How does Professor Horacek know Rilke?

3. What writer does Rilke revere most?

4. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?

5. What is the name of the young poet who is the recipient of the letters contained in this volume?

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