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

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

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

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

5. Rilke tells the young poet that in regard to his sickness, he is a sick man, a convalescent, and what else?
(a) A doctor.
(b) An illness.
(c) A medicine.
(d) A shaman.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rilke say is "the most difficult of all our tasks"?

3. What is the primary topic of the eighth letter?

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

5. What two aspects of human life does Rilke claim have no explanation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What advice does Rilke give the young poet for doctoring his sadness?

5. Why does Rilke send a copy of the young poet's sonnet with letter seven?

6. What does Rilke say about fear?

7. What does Rilke mean when he says that humans have no choice in deciding to be solitary?

8. 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?

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

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

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