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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 feminine.
(c) It makes love more human.
(d) It makes love more patient.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the young poet's military rank?
(a) Officer.
(b) General.
(c) Soldier.
(d) Doctor.

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

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

13. What does Rilke say in the seventh letter about things that are difficult?
(a) Things that are difficult enhance our discipline.
(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 are worth doing or experiencing.

14. What type of poem does Rilke enclose with the seventh letter?
(a) An ode.
(b) An epic.
(c) An elegy.
(d) A sonnet.

15. In the fifth letter, Rilke tells the young poet that a package the young poet has sent to him has not arrived. What is in the package?
(a) The young poet's latest manuscript.
(b) A book that presents works by the young poet.
(c) A collection of books by Rilke.
(d) A special German cheese.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rilke compares a person to a house and a sadness to what?

2. In what year is the seventh letter written?

3. In letter eight, what does Rilke say the young poet "overvalues"?

4. From where is Rilke writing the eighth letter?

5. How does Rilke say the young poet's career compares to other careers?

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