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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke assert about the nature of human existence that he claims is a fact whether we think so or not?
(a) We are made in God's image.
(b) We are creative beings.
(c) We are solitary.
(d) We are built to love.

2. According to Rilke in letter eight, where does destiny originate?
(a) From external events.
(b) With thought.
(c) With God.
(d) From within individuals.

3. How long has Rilke been in the city from which he writes the fifth letter?
(a) Six weeks.
(b) Six days.
(c) Two months.
(d) Two weeks.

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

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

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

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

8. What does Rilke claim a sadness that enters into the body is in actuality?
(a) A realization.
(b) A fear.
(c) An unknown.
(d) Inspiration.

9. From where is the seventh letter written?
(a) Rome, Italy.
(b) Bremen, Germany.
(c) Athens, Greece.
(d) Paris, France.

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

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

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

13. What two aspects of human life does Rilke claim have no explanation?
(a) Birth and death.
(b) Forgiveness and hatred.
(c) Love and art.
(d) Death and love.

14. What type of sadness does Rilke call "dangerous"?
(a) Sadnesses that are caused by love.
(b) Sadnesses that are caused by helplessness.
(c) Sadnesses that one suppresses rather than lives.
(d) Sadnesses that are caused by feelings of inferiority.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. In letter five, to where does Rilke say he is preparing to move?

5. At the close of the sixth letter, what does Rilke advise the young poet to do in regards to the coming holiday?

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