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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Rilke claim a sadness that enters into the body is in actuality?
(a) An unknown.
(b) A realization.
(c) A fear.
(d) Inspiration.

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

5. Why does Rilke believe that Rome makes one sad for the first few days of visiting it?
(a) It is too busy.
(b) Its reminders of ages past are oppressive.
(c) It is too hot.
(d) It no longer has its ancient glory.

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

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

8. At the end of letter eight, what does Rilke remind the young poet of?
(a) His first poems.
(b) How he once longed to emerge from his youth and realize himself.
(c) His parents' love.
(d) His fear of judgment.

9. What does the sixth letter reveal about the state of the young poet?
(a) The young poet is relishing his solitude.
(b) The young poet is enjoying his new career.
(c) The young poet is sad and lonely.
(d) The young poet is suffering from writer's block.

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

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

12. What does Rilke say is wrong with the way most people approach love?
(a) They forget to value their partners.
(b) They focus too much on sex.
(c) They abandon their true selves in their passion.
(d) They believe it will always be easy.

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

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

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 human nature.
(c) Humans' misunderstanding of love.
(d) Humans' misunderstanding of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the primary topic of the eighth letter?

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

3. What does Rilke encourage the young poet to believe about God?

4. In the sixth letter, in what manner does Rilke advise the young poet to be solitary?

5. From where is Rilke writing the eighth letter?

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