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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Professor Horacek know Rilke?
(a) Professor Horacek raises Rilke.
(b) Professor Horacek knows Rilke's grandfather.
(c) Professor Horacek teaches Rilke at a military academy.
(d) Professor Horacek is Rilke's editor.

3. During what decade does the correspondence contained in this volume take place?
(a) 1900s.
(b) 1890s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1920s.

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

5. Rilke indicates that in the future, men and women will approach each other differently than they do at the time of his writing. How will they approach each other?
(a) Not as opposites, but as human beings.
(b) Not as lovers, but as friends.
(c) Not as sexual objects, but as human beings.
(d) Not as enemies, but as friends.

6. Where is Rilke when he writes the second letter?
(a) Athens, Greece.
(b) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(c) Berlin, Germany.
(d) Florence, Italy.

7. From where is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet postmarked?
(a) Prague.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Paris.
(d) Munich.

8. In the fourth letter, who does Rilke say is more similar than people think?
(a) Men and women.
(b) Humans and animals.
(c) Artists and farmers.
(d) Officers and prisoners.

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

10. 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) Love the questions.
(c) Seek answers from poetry.
(d) Seek answers in solitude.

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

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

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

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

15. What type of locale is Rilke in as he is writing the fourth letter to the young poet?
(a) A city.
(b) A farm.
(c) A southern seaside.
(d) A rural plain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the young poet write about in his third letter to Rilke that Rilke mentions in his letter back to the young poet?

2. What does Rilke enclose with his third letter to the young poet?

3. What does Rilke advise the poet to do in regard to his efforts to get published?

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 does Rilke say the young poet should do if he determines he should not be a poet?

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