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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 about fears in the world in letter eight?
(a) Fears must be ignored.
(b) Gears must be acknowledged.
(c) Fears are natural.
(d) We have created the fears.

2. What does Rilke tell the young poet to ask himself regarding his religious beliefs?
(a) Whether the young poet's beliefs are his own.
(b) Whether the young poet truly wants to believe.
(c) Whether the young poet has ever truly found God.
(d) Whether the young poet's beliefs are merely conventions.

3. Rilke says that in certain places, the emergence of women is already taking place. Where is this?
(a) The eastern countries.
(b) The northern countries.
(c) The southern countries.
(d) The western countries.

4. Who does Rilke say in the seventh letter cannot understand love?
(a) Anyone who is not an artist.
(b) Children.
(c) Young people.
(d) Military officers.

5. To what does Rilke compare people who are preparing for God?
(a) Roses.
(b) Bees.
(c) Poems.
(d) Fools.

6. In what manner does Rilke say people should approach love?
(a) As children.
(b) As teachers.
(c) As apprentices.
(d) As students.

7. In letter seven, what does Rilke say that love should be?
(a) A motivation for each person to become wholly him or herself.
(b) A selfless act.
(c) A balance of mental and physical.
(d) A union of one with another.

8. Who writes the poem Rilke encloses with his seventh letter?
(a) Petrarch.
(b) Kappus.
(c) Rilke.
(d) Shakespeare.

9. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?
(a) It makes love more real.
(b) It makes love more human.
(c) It makes love more feminine.
(d) It makes love more patient.

10. What does Rilke say humans have grown away from because of their lack of courage?
(a) The spiritual aspects of existence.
(b) Art.
(c) Nature.
(d) The creative self.

11. What two aspects of human life does Rilke claim have no explanation?
(a) Birth and death.
(b) Forgiveness and hatred.
(c) Love and art.
(d) Death and love.

12. From where is the seventh letter written?
(a) Bremen, Germany.
(b) Paris, France.
(c) Athens, Greece.
(d) Rome, Italy.

13. What does Rilke say is "the most difficult of all our tasks"?
(a) To love another person.
(b) To know God.
(c) To truly embrace solitude.
(d) To uncover the true self.

14. In what manner does Rilke say one must be when one is sad?
(a) Lonely and attentive.
(b) Angry and vocal.
(c) Dutiful and silent.
(d) Solitary and depressed.

15. To what does Rilke compare humans' misunderstanding of destiny in letter eight?
(a) Humans' previous misunderstanding of the motion of the sun.
(b) Humans' misunderstanding of God.
(c) Humans' misunderstanding of love.
(d) Humans' misunderstanding of human nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke claim a sadness indicates about a person's life or self?

2. What is the young poet's military rank?

3. What does Rilke assert about the nature of human existence that he claims is a fact whether we think so or not?

4. In letter five, what statue does Rilke mention is near his place of residence?

5. To what does Rilke compare "dangerous" sadness?

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