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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Rilke says that eventually women no longer are the opposite of men, but something else. What are they?
(a) The teachers of men.
(b) Feminine beings whole in themselves.
(c) The inferiors of men.
(d) The superiors of men.
2. In what year is Rilke's sixth letter written?
3. To what does Rilke compare people who are preparing for God?
4. What does Rilke say about "the dragons of our lives"?
(a) That they may in fact be princesses.
(b) That they are necessary to make us strong.
(c) That they should be cast out of our lives.
(d) That they can be slain.
5. Rilke tells the young poet that in regard to his sickness, he is a sick man, a convalescent, and what else?
(a) A shaman.
(b) A doctor.
(c) A medicine.
(d) An illness.
6. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?
(a) It makes love more human.
(b) It makes love more real.
(c) It makes love more patient.
(d) It makes love more feminine.
7. In letter eight, what does Rilke say the young poet "overvalues"?
8. In what year does Rilke write the fifth letter?
9. What famous author does Rilke reference in letter eight?
(a) Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
(b) Edgar Allan Poe.
(c) Nathaniel Hawthorne.
(d) William Shakespeare.
10. At the end of letter eight, what does Rilke remind the young poet of?
(a) His first poems.
(b) His fear of judgment.
(c) How he once longed to emerge from his youth and realize himself.
(d) His parents' love.
11. What does Rilke claim a sadness indicates about a person's life or self?
(a) A realization.
(b) A fear.
(c) A transition.
(d) A loss.
12. What does Rilke say humans have grown away from because of their lack of courage?
(b) The creative self.
(c) The spiritual aspects of existence.
13. At the close of letter seven, what love does Rilke tell the young poet to remember?
(a) The love of his parents.
(b) The love of Rilke.
(c) The love of nature.
(d) The love of his first experience of solitude.
14. In what manner does Rilke say one must be when one is sad?
(a) Dutiful and silent.
(b) Solitary and depressed.
(c) Lonely and attentive.
(d) Angry and vocal.
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 holiday is Rilke marking with his sixth letter?
2. What does Rilke encourage the young poet to believe about God?
3. Rilke compares the existence of each individual to a room. What portion of that room do most people experience?
4. Rilke says that as time passes, women will stop doing what?
5. What two aspects of human life does Rilke claim have no explanation?
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