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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Besides works by that writer, what other book does Rilke always have accessible to him?
(a) The Torah.
(b) A volume of Shakespearian sonnets.
(c) The Bible.
(d) The Origin of Species.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In what year is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet written?
(a) 1909.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1910.

10. In the first letter, Rilke says he cannot offer critical commentary on the young poet's work. Why?
(a) Rilke believes the young poet's work is flawless.
(b) Rilke is ill and does not have the physical stamina to read the young poet's work.
(c) Rilke cannot read the young poet's work because he is blind.
(d) Rilke says that critical commentary is insufficient for understanding a work of art.

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

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

13. From whom does Rilke advise the young poet to avoid seeking advice?
(a) Poets.
(b) Artists.
(c) Parents.
(d) Military officers.

14. What writer does Rilke revere most?
(a) Jens Peter Jacobsen.
(b) Ovid.
(c) Thomas Hardy.
(d) Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?

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

3. What does Rilke advise the young poet to seek in regard to his sexuality?

4. In the fourth letter, where does Rilke instruct the young poet to look for answers to his deepest questions?

5. In the fourth letter, who does Rilke say is more similar than people think?

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