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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke imply about losing God?
(a) Losing God is necessary if one is to find God.
(b) Losing God is part of growing up.
(c) God does not exist.
(d) Once found, God cannot be lost.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Rilke compares a person to a house and a sadness to what?

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

3. From where does Rilke write the fifth letter?

4. 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?

5. From where is Rilke writing the eighth letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rilke say that the average person will continue to do in regards to love?

2. Why does Rilke advise the young poet "to be lonely and attentive when one is sad" in letter eight?

3. In letter five, Rilke comments on Rome and says that the first few days one is in Rome have "an oppressively sad effect" because everything in Rome is old and looking backward toward the past. How does this sentiment reflect Rilke's life philosophies as he has expressed them thus far in the book?

4. What does Rilke say about fear?

5. In letter six, Rilke encourages the young poet to maintain what he calls "a child's wise incomprehension" rather than joining in the "defensiveness and disdain" that are shared by the masses. What does he mean by this?

6. What is Rilke's view of God?

7. Explain what Rilke means when in letter eight he says that sadness "are the moments when something new has entered into us".

8. In letter six, what does Rilke tell the young poet he should do if he is lonely?

9. Why does Rilke believe that women are responsible for a future change in humans' approach to romantic love?

10. In letter seven, Rilke compares an ideal romantic relationship to "two solitudes [that] protect and border and salute each other." What does he mean by this?

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