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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Rilke advise the young poet to do if he cannot connect with people?
(a) Identify with nature, animals, and children.
(b) Develop his sense of empathy.
(c) Read more books.
(d) Learn an instrument.

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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' misunderstanding of God.
(d) Humans' previous misunderstanding of the motion of the sun.

10. What does Rilke encourage the young poet to believe about God?
(a) That he has not yet come.
(b) That he is everywhere.
(c) That he is in art.
(d) That he does not exist.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In letter eight, what does Rilke say the young poet "overvalues"?

2. What does Rilke assert about the nature of human existence that he claims is a fact whether we think so or not?

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

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

5. What type of sadness does Rilke call "dangerous"?

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