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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. From where does Rilke write the fifth letter?
(a) Paris, France.
(b) Rome, Italy.
(c) Bremen, Germany.
(d) Florence, Italy.

3. What does the poem enclosed in the seventh letter express a longing for?
(a) Love.
(b) Trust.
(c) Creative talent.
(d) Faith.

4. 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) People who give the young poet advice should look to their own troubles.
(c) The young poet should be skeptical of people who give him advice.
(d) People who give the young poet advice have had troubled times in their lives, as well.

5. 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 sad and lonely.
(c) The young poet is enjoying his new career.
(d) The young poet is suffering from writer's block.

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

7. What does Rilke say is wrong with men?
(a) Men are too focused on the physical.
(b) Men undervalue what they love.
(c) Men oppress women.
(d) Men are too dominant.

8. In letter eight, what does Rilke say the young poet "overvalues"?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Sex.
(c) Solitude.
(d) Victory.

9. Rilke tells the young poet that in regard to his sickness, he is a sick man, a convalescent, and what else?
(a) A medicine.
(b) A doctor.
(c) An illness.
(d) A shaman.

10. What does Rilke say about careers in the sixth letter?
(a) They distance the individual from his or her true self.
(b) They help to discipline the individual.
(c) They show individuals their true selves.
(d) They provide inspiration for poetry.

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

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

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

14. 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 solitary.
(b) We are made in God's image.
(c) We are creative beings.
(d) We are built to love.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From where is Rilke's sixth letter written?

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

3. What two aspects of human life does Rilke claim have no explanation?

4. To what does Rilke compare humans' misunderstanding of destiny in letter eight?

5. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?

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