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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke say in the seventh letter about things that are difficult?
(a) Things that are difficult should be avoided.
(b) Things that are difficult enhance our discipline.
(c) Things that are difficult are usually not the things that are best for us.
(d) Things that are difficult are worth doing or experiencing.

2. What does Rilke say women have more of than men?
(a) Humanity.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Love.
(d) Patience.

3. In whose handwriting does the poem Rilke enclosed with his seventh letter appear?
(a) Kappus'.
(b) Rilke's.
(c) Rilke's wife's.
(d) Professor Horacek's.

4. In what year is the seventh letter written?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1904.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1908.

5. In letter five, what statue does Rilke mention is near his place of residence?
(a) An equestrian statue of Julius Caesar.
(b) A statue of Ovid.
(c) A statue by Rodin.
(d) An equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.

6. At the close of the sixth letter, what does Rilke advise the young poet to do in regards to the coming holiday?
(a) Celebrate in solitude and gratitude.
(b) Celebrate with others.
(c) Celebrate by writing.
(d) Celebrate by committing to the idea that acts of love and joy are preparing the way for God.

7. According to Rilke in letter eight, where does destiny originate?
(a) From within individuals.
(b) With God.
(c) With thought.
(d) From external events.

8. In letter five, to where does Rilke say he is preparing to move?
(a) A hotel.
(b) A summer house in a rural area away from the city.
(c) A beach house on the southern coast.
(d) The city center.

9. Why does Rilke delay so long in replying to the young poet's fifth letter?
(a) The young poet's fifth letter has angered Rilke.
(b) Rilke has been ill.
(c) Rilke leaves the young poet's letter in another city.
(d) Rilke does not like to write letters when he is traveling.

10. What does Rilke say about "the dragons of our lives"?
(a) That they can be slain.
(b) That they are necessary to make us strong.
(c) That they should be cast out of our lives.
(d) That they may in fact be princesses.

11. What does Rilke assert about the nature of human existence that he claims is a fact whether we think so or not?
(a) We are creative beings.
(b) We are made in God's image.
(c) We are solitary.
(d) We are built to love.

12. From where is Rilke's sixth letter written?
(a) Rome, Italy.
(b) Florence, Italy.
(c) Paris, France.
(d) Bremen, Germany.

13. What is the young poet's military rank?
(a) Doctor.
(b) General.
(c) Soldier.
(d) Officer.

14. What is the primary topic of the eighth letter?
(a) Nature.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Solitude.

15. What type of sadness does Rilke call "dangerous"?
(a) Sadnesses that are caused by helplessness.
(b) Sadnesses that are caused by love.
(c) Sadnesses that one suppresses rather than lives.
(d) Sadnesses that are caused by feelings of inferiority.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who resists the future change in women that Rilke notes in letter seven?

2. How does Rilke say individuals can help prepare for God's coming?

3. From where is the seventh letter written?

4. From where does Rilke write the fifth letter?

5. What does the poem enclosed in the seventh letter express a longing for?

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