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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the close of letter seven, what love does Rilke tell the young poet to remember?
(a) The love of his first experience of solitude.
(b) The love of Rilke.
(c) The love of nature.
(d) The love of his parents.

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

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

4. In the sixth letter, in what manner does Rilke advise the young poet to be solitary?
(a) The way a bird is solitary.
(b) The way a child among adults is solitary.
(c) The way a rose is solitary.
(d) The way a horse is solitary.

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

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

7. In what year is Rilke's sixth letter written?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1908.

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

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

10. At the close of the sixth letter, how does Rilke tell the young poet to be?
(a) "Be glad and confident."
(b) "Be happy in solitude."
(c) "Be one with nature."
(d) "Be joyful in art."

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

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

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

14. 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) A special German cheese.
(b) The young poet's latest manuscript.
(c) A collection of books by Rilke.
(d) A book that presents works by the young poet.

15. What does Rilke say about "the dragons of our lives"?
(a) That they can be slain.
(b) That they are necessary to make us strong.
(c) That they may in fact be princesses.
(d) That they should be cast out of our lives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke say about careers in the sixth letter?

2. To what does Rilke compare people who are preparing for God?

3. Why has it taken so long for Rilke to reply to the young poet with his seventh letter?

4. What does Rilke say women have more of than men?

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

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