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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Rilke send to the young poet in reply to the poet's first letter?
(a) A volume of Rilke's poetry.
(b) Money.
(c) A list of potential publishers.
(d) A letter and the poet's poems.

3. What works by the writer who Rilke revers most does Rilke always have accessible to him?
(a) An Endless Summer and Tomorrow.
(b) Six Stories and Niels Lyhne.
(c) Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
(d) Winter's Best and On the Way.

4. 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 as many magazines as possible.
(d) Send his poems to Rilke's publisher.

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

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

7. 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 Germany.
(b) A military academy in Prague.
(c) A military academy in Paris.
(d) A military acdemy in Oslo.

8. What city has Rilke departed from to come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) Berlin, Germany.
(b) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(c) Worpswede, near Bremen, Germany.
(d) Paris, France.

9. What does Rilke believe is wrong with sex?
(a) It subordinates women.
(b) It is not wholly human and is based on temporary emotions.
(c) It distracts the artist from his work.
(d) It goes against Christianity.

10. Whose ideas about sex does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid subscribing to?
(a) Richard Dehmel's.
(b) Professor Horacek's.
(c) Jens Peter Jacobsen's.
(d) Rilke's own.

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

12. What does Rilke tell the young poet about irony?
(a) Irony should be sparingly used.
(b) Irony should never be used.
(c) Irony should be liberally used.
(d) Irony should only be used for humor.

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

14. What type of poetry does Rilke advise the poet not to write?
(a) Narrative poems.
(b) Epics.
(c) Love poems and other common forms.
(d) Lyric poems.

15. 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 blood."
(c) "Living and writing with true passion."
(d) "Living and writing in heat."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. If the young poet discovers he should not be a poet, Rilke suggests that his inner examination will not be worthless. Why not?

3. What does the young poet request in his third letter to Rilke?

4. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?

5. Why does it take Rilke so long to respond to the young poet's second letter?

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