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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What famous author does Rilke reference in letter eight?
(a) William Shakespeare.
(b) Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
(c) Edgar Allan Poe.
(d) Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. What does Rilke say is "the most difficult of all our tasks"?
(a) To love another person.
(b) To uncover the true self.
(c) To know God.
(d) To truly embrace solitude.

14. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?
(a) It makes love more feminine.
(b) It makes love more human.
(c) It makes love more real.
(d) It makes love more patient.

15. Rilke says that eventually women no longer are the opposite of men, but something else. What are they?
(a) The superiors of men.
(b) The inferiors of men.
(c) The teachers of men.
(d) Feminine beings whole in themselves.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the young poet's military rank?

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

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

4. What does Rilke tell the young poet to ask himself regarding his religious beliefs?

5. What does Rilke say is "the only courage demanded of us"?

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