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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) An illness.
(c) A shaman.
(d) A doctor.

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

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

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

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

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

7. At the close of the sixth letter, what does Rilke advise the young poet to do in regards to the coming holiday?
(a) Celebrate by writing.
(b) Celebrate with others.
(c) Celebrate in solitude and gratitude.
(d) Celebrate by committing to the idea that acts of love and joy are preparing the way for God.

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

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

10. Rilke says that as time passes, women will stop doing what?
(a) Falling in love.
(b) Imitating men.
(c) Being oppressed.
(d) Having children.

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

12. What is the primary topic of the eighth letter?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Nature.
(d) Solitude.

13. To what does Rilke compare the realization about the true nature of human existence in letter eight?
(a) A person is suddenly taken from his house and placed on top of a mountain.
(b) A person transported from one country to another.
(c) A single person left after a war.
(d) A person placed in the presence of God.

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

15. What holiday is Rilke marking with his sixth letter?
(a) Easter.
(b) Christmas.
(c) The New Year.
(d) All Saints Day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke advise the young poet to do if he cannot connect with people?

2. What does Rilke say in the seventh letter about things that are difficult?

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

4. In what year is Rilke's sixth letter written?

5. What does Rilke say about fears in the world in letter eight?

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