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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 inferiors of men.
(b) The teachers of men.
(c) The superiors of men.
(d) Feminine beings whole in themselves.

2. How does Rilke say individuals can help prepare for God's coming?
(a) Through art.
(b) Through acts of love.
(c) Through prayer.
(d) Through religious rituals.

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

4. Why has it taken so long for Rilke to reply to the young poet with his seventh letter?
(a) Rilke had left the letter in a different city.
(b) Rilke had been ill.
(c) Rilke had forgotten about the letter.
(d) Rilke had been traveling.

5. In letter eight, what does Rilke tell the young poet he must be careful with?
(a) Thoughts.
(b) Sadnesses.
(c) Names.
(d) Prayers.

6. At the close of letter eight, what does Rilke tell the poet about people who give him advice?
(a) The young poet should avoid people who give him advice.
(b) The young poet should be skeptical of people who give him advice.
(c) People who give the young poet advice should look to their own troubles.
(d) People who give the young poet advice have had troubled times in their lives, as well.

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

8. Rilke compares the existence of each individual to a room. What portion of that room do most people experience?
(a) The entire room.
(b) A single aspect of that room, such as a corner or a window.
(c) The floor.
(d) The doorway.

9. To what does Rilke compare "dangerous" sadness?
(a) Sicknesses.
(b) Pride.
(c) Drunkeness.
(d) Egoism.

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

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

12. In what season is Rilke writing the seventh letter?
(a) Summer.
(b) Winter.
(c) Fall.
(d) Spring.

13. Rilke compares a person to a house and a sadness to what?
(a) A guest.
(b) A door.
(c) A yard.
(d) A table.

14. What does Rilke imply about losing God?
(a) Losing God is part of growing up.
(b) Losing God is necessary if one is to find God.
(c) God does not exist.
(d) Once found, God cannot be lost.

15. In what year is Rilke writing the eighth letter?
(a) 1904.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1903.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of sadness does Rilke call "dangerous"?

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

3. Rilke says that as time passes, women will stop doing what?

4. In what manner does Rilke say people should approach love?

5. What aspect of human life does Rilke say is most burdened with conventions?

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