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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Rilke say about fears in the world in letter eight?
(a) Gears must be acknowledged.
(b) We have created the fears.
(c) Fears are natural.
(d) Fears must be ignored.

4. From where is Rilke's sixth letter written?
(a) Florence, Italy.
(b) Paris, France.
(c) Bremen, Germany.
(d) Rome, Italy.

5. What aspect of human life does Rilke say is most burdened with conventions?
(a) Love.
(b) Inspiration.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Religion.

6. Who does Rilke say in the seventh letter cannot understand love?
(a) Children.
(b) Military officers.
(c) Young people.
(d) Anyone who is not an artist.

7. 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) An illness.
(c) A medicine.
(d) A doctor.

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

9. Rilke compares the existence of each individual to a room. What portion of that room do most people experience?
(a) The entire room.
(b) The doorway.
(c) A single aspect of that room, such as a corner or a window.
(d) The floor.

10. What does Rilke say is "the only courage demanded of us"?
(a) The courage to love.
(b) The courage o be solitary.
(c) The courage to be prepared for the unknown or unexpected.
(d) The courage to create.

11. What does Rilke say humans have grown away from because of their lack of courage?
(a) Art.
(b) Nature.
(c) The creative self.
(d) The spiritual aspects of existence.

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

13. Why does Rilke delay so long in replying to the young poet's fifth letter?
(a) Rilke leaves the young poet's letter in another city.
(b) The young poet's fifth letter has angered Rilke.
(c) Rilke has been ill.
(d) Rilke does not like to write letters when he is traveling.

14. What holiday is Rilke marking with his sixth letter?
(a) The New Year.
(b) Easter.
(c) Christmas.
(d) All Saints Day.

15. 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 patient.
(c) It makes love more feminine.
(d) It makes love more real.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the close of the sixth letter, how does Rilke tell the young poet to be?

2. In letter seven, what does Rilke say that love should be?

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

4. At the close of letter seven, what love does Rilke tell the young poet to remember?

5. From where is Rilke writing the eighth letter?

(see the answer keys)

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