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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 holiday is Rilke marking with his sixth letter?
(a) Christmas.
(b) All Saints Day.
(c) Easter.
(d) The New Year.

2. Rilke compares a person to a house and a sadness to what?
(a) A table.
(b) A yard.
(c) A guest.
(d) A door.

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

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

5. 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 avoid people who give him advice.
(c) The young poet should be skeptical of people who give him advice.
(d) People who give the young poet advice should look to their own troubles.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rilke claim a sadness indicates about a person's life or self?

3. What does Rilke say about fears in the world in letter eight?

4. From where is the seventh letter written?

5. In whose handwriting does the poem Rilke enclosed with his seventh letter appear?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rilke mean when he says that the names of things are often misrepresented of what things are?

3. What is Rilke's view of God?

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

5. What is Rilke's definition of love?

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

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

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

9. Rilke implies that security and comfort are negative. Why?

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

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