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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 acdemy in Oslo.
(d) A military academy in Paris.

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?
(a) Discipline and solitude.
(b) Inedependence and self-sufficiency.
(c) Discipline and self-sufficiency.
(d) Independence and solitude.

5. What does the young poet request in his third letter to Rilke?
(a) Copies of Rilke's books.
(b) Suggestions for further reading.
(c) Advice on writing sonnets.
(d) A list of publishers to whom the poet can send his work.

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

7. What does Rilke enclose with his third letter to the young poet?
(a) Copies of some of his poems.
(b) Names of publishers to whom the young poet can send his work.
(c) A note to Professor Horacek.
(d) A list of his most recent books.

8. What does Rilke advise the poet to do in regard to his efforts to get published?
(a) Send his poems to Rilke's publisher.
(b) Send his poems to the United States.
(c) Discontinue his efforts to receive feedback from publishers and other external parties.
(d) Send his poems to as many magazines as possible.

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

10. What does Rilke say about everything that is serious?
(a) "Everything serious is difficult."
(b) "Everything serious can be solved through love."
(c) "Everything serious can be found in art."
(d) "Everything serious is actually simple."

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

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

13. In the fourth letter, where does Rilke instruct the young poet to look for answers to his deepest questions?
(a) Creativity.
(b) Sexuality.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Nature.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What writer and personal acquaintance does Rilke discuss in letter three?

2. What is Rilke's primary criticism of the young poet's writing in the first letter?

3. What does Rilke believe is wrong with sex?

4. What does Rilke advise the young poet to take comfort in if he feels uneasy in his new profession?

5. In what year does Rilke write the third letter?

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