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

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

3. What is the primary topic of the eighth letter?
(a) Solitude.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Creativity.
(d) Nature.

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

5. Why does Rilke believe that Rome makes one sad for the first few days of visiting it?
(a) It is too hot.
(b) It is too busy.
(c) It no longer has its ancient glory.
(d) Its reminders of ages past are oppressive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rilke says that as time passes, women will stop doing what?

2. What does Rilke claim a sadness that enters into the body is in actuality?

3. What does Rilke encourage the young poet to believe about God?

4. In what year is Rilke writing the eighth letter?

5. What does Rilke imply about losing God?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rilke respond to the young poet's expression of fear that the young poet has lost God?

2. Rilke comments on the young poet's profession and compares the young poet's profession to other professions. What is Rilke's general idea about professions?

3. What does Rilke say about fear?

4. What can be inferred about the mental and emotional state of the young poet from Rilke's reply in letter six?

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

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

7. 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?

8. Rilke says that young people can't understand love. What reason does he give?

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

10. What can be inferred about the young poet's feelings toward his own solitude from Rilke's seventh letter?

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