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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why has Rilke come to the place where he composes the fourth letter?
(a) To meet with his publisher.
(b) To visit his family.
(c) To improve his health.
(d) To write in solitude.

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

3. What does Rilke advise the young poet to seek in regard to his sexuality?
(a) A sexuality that is the young poet's own, individualized sexuality.
(b) A sexuality that is based on creativity.
(c) A sexuality that is moderate.
(d) A sexuality that is passionate and fierce.

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

5. What does Rilke view as a challenge of the young poet's new profession?
(a) Its lack of free time.
(b) Its lack of creativity.
(c) Its adherence to convention.
(d) Its rigorous hours.

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

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

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

9. In the fourth letter, what does Rilke say he wishes human beings are more reverent toward?
(a) Solitude.
(b) Art.
(c) Independence.
(d) Their sexuality.

10. In the first letter, what does Rilke cite as the most disruptive hindrance to the young poet's progress?
(a) Drinking.
(b) Non-artistic work.
(c) Romantic entanglements.
(d) Looking for others to answer the poet's own personal questions.

11. What does Rilke say is bad about physical pleasure?
(a) Its ability to bring happiness.
(b) Its ability to keep artists away from their work.
(c) Humans' misuse and waste of it.
(d) Its temptation.

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

13. Near the close of the fourth letter, Rilke mentions the positive aspects of the young poet's new profession. What are those positive aspects?
(a) Discipline and solitude.
(b) Independence and solitude.
(c) Inedependence and self-sufficiency.
(d) Discipline and self-sufficiency.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rilke says that there is only one thing that "can grasp and hold and be just toward" art. What is that thing?

2. In what year is the first letter from Rilke to the young poet written?

3. From where does Rilke instruct the young poet to derive inspiration?

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

5. Rilke challenges the young poet to ask himself a question regarding his writing. What is that question?

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