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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) 1908.
(b) 1903.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1912.

2. 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 have had troubled times in their lives, as well.
(b) The young poet should be skeptical of people who give him advice.
(c) People who give the young poet advice should look to their own troubles.
(d) The young poet should avoid people who give him advice.

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

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

5. How does Rilke say the young poet's career compares to other careers?
(a) Rilke says the young poet's career is more distinguished than other careers.
(b) Rilke says that the young poet's career has more conventions than other careers.
(c) Rilke says that the young poet's career is essentially the same as all other careers.
(d) Rilke says that the young poet's career is better than other careers because it allows more solitude.

6. 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 built to love.
(c) We are solitary.
(d) We are made in God's image.

7. How does Rilke say individuals can help prepare for God's coming?
(a) Through religious rituals.
(b) Through acts of love.
(c) Through prayer.
(d) Through art.

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

9. What does Rilke claim a sadness indicates about a person's life or self?
(a) A fear.
(b) A realization.
(c) A loss.
(d) A transition.

10. What type of poem does Rilke enclose with the seventh letter?
(a) An ode.
(b) An epic.
(c) An elegy.
(d) A sonnet.

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

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

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

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

15. What does Rilke say in the seventh letter about things that are difficult?
(a) Things that are difficult enhance our discipline.
(b) Things that are difficult are usually not the things that are best for us.
(c) Things that are difficult are worth doing or experiencing.
(d) Things that are difficult should be avoided.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. From where is the seventh letter written?

3. What does Rilke say humans have grown away from because of their lack of courage?

4. What does Rilke tell the young poet to ask himself regarding his religious beliefs?

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

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