Letters to a Young Poet Test | Final Test - Easy

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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) Winter.
(b) Spring.
(c) Fall.
(d) Summer.

2. What does Rilke claim a sadness indicates about a person's life or self?
(a) A fear.
(b) A loss.
(c) A realization.
(d) A transition.

3. Who resists the future change in women that Rilke notes in letter seven?
(a) Men.
(b) Militaries.
(c) The Church.
(d) Philosophers.

4. In whose handwriting does the poem Rilke enclosed with his seventh letter appear?
(a) Professor Horacek's.
(b) Rilke's.
(c) Rilke's wife's.
(d) Kappus'.

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

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

7. 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 forgotten about the letter.
(c) Rilke had been ill.
(d) Rilke had been traveling.

8. To what does Rilke compare humans' misunderstanding of destiny in letter eight?
(a) Humans' misunderstanding of love.
(b) Humans' previous misunderstanding of the motion of the sun.
(c) Humans' misunderstanding of God.
(d) Humans' misunderstanding of human nature.

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

10. In what year is the seventh letter written?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1903.
(d) 1904.

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

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

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

14. In what year does Rilke write the fifth letter?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1908.
(d) 1904.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what manner does Rilke say one must be when one is sad?

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

3. What does Rilke say humans have grown away from because of their lack of courage?

4. Why does Rilke delay so long in replying to the young poet's fifth letter?

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

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