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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the young poet who is the recipient of the letters contained in this volume?
(a) Xaver Rilke.
(b) Franz Rilke.
(c) Franz Xaver Kappus.
(d) Franz Horacek.

2. What has brought Rilke to the place from where he writes the second letter?
(a) Rilke has moved there to work on his writing.
(b) Rilke has moved there to get well.
(c) Rilke has moved there to be close to his family.
(d) Rilke has moved there because the community is very supportive of his writing.

3. Where is Rilke when he writes the third letter?
(a) Rome, Italy.
(b) Viareggio, near Pisa, Italy.
(c) Berlin, Germany.
(d) Florence, Italy.

4. What does Rilke suggest that all humans share in, both women and men?
(a) Motherhood.
(b) Spirituality.
(c) Reverence.
(d) Transcendence.

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

6. 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) Take a poetry class with Rilke.
(c) Emulate the best classical poets.
(d) Begin studying music.

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

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

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

10. 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 sexual objects, but as human beings.
(b) Not as enemies, but as friends.
(c) Not as lovers, but as friends.
(d) Not as opposites, but as human beings.

11. In what season does Rilke write the second letter?
(a) Summer.
(b) Winter.
(c) Spring.
(d) Fall.

12. What does Rilke advise the young poet to take comfort in if he feels uneasy in his new profession?
(a) Writing.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Reading.
(d) Solitude.

13. In the first letter the young poet sent to Rilke along with his poems, what does he ask of Rilke?
(a) If Rilke can send the poet a poem Rilke has written.
(b) If Rilke can come visit him.
(c) If Rilke can help the poet get published.
(d) If his poems are good.

14. What does Rilke thank the young poet for at the end of the first letter?
(a) The young poet's admiration.
(b) The young poet's effort.
(c) The young poet's confidence.
(d) The young poet's talent.

15. What does Rilke tell the young poet to rejoice in?
(a) The young poet's growth.
(b) The young poet's parents.
(c) The young poet's work.
(d) The young poet's writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the third letter, what does Rilke say he wishes he could do for the young poet but is unable to do?

2. What does Rilke call himself in relation to the young poet at the end of the first letter?

3. In the first letter, in what manner does Rilke suggest the young poet can tend to his personal growth?

4. How long ago has Rilke departed from the city he has left before arriving at the place where he composes the fourth letter?

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

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