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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke say about careers in the sixth letter?
(a) They distance the individual from his or her true self.
(b) They show individuals their true selves.
(c) They provide inspiration for poetry.
(d) They help to discipline the individual.

2. To what does Rilke compare the realization about the true nature of human existence in letter eight?
(a) A person placed in the presence of God.
(b) A person transported from one country to another.
(c) A single person left after a war.
(d) A person is suddenly taken from his house and placed on top of a mountain.

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

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

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

6. 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 nature.
(c) The love of his parents.
(d) The love of Rilke.

7. What does Rilke say is wrong with the way most people approach love?
(a) They believe it will always be easy.
(b) They focus too much on sex.
(c) They abandon their true selves in their passion.
(d) They forget to value their partners.

8. In what year is Rilke writing the eighth letter?
(a) 1908.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1904.

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

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

11. 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 creative beings.
(b) We are made in God's image.
(c) We are solitary.
(d) We are built to love.

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

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

14. At the close of letter eight, what does Rilke tell the poet about people who give him advice?
(a) People who give the young poet advice should look to their own troubles.
(b) The young poet should avoid people who give him advice.
(c) People who give the young poet advice have had troubled times in their lives, as well.
(d) The young poet should be skeptical of people who give him advice.

15. 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) A collection of books by Rilke.
(c) A book that presents works by the young poet.
(d) The young poet's latest manuscript.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?

3. Rilke compares the existence of each individual to a room. What portion of that room do most people experience?

4. How does Rilke say individuals can help prepare for God's coming?

5. In what season is Rilke writing the seventh letter?

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