Letters to a Young Poet Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Rilke believe that Rome makes one sad for the first few days of visiting it?

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

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

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

5. Rilke says that eventually women no longer are the opposite of men, but something else. What are they?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Rilke indicates that humans have distanced themselves from the spiritual realm, from God, and from each other. How has this distancing occurred?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rilke say about the amount of beauty in Rome?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In letter eight, Rilke compares the sense of security to which individuals cling to the horrors that exist in the homes of the characters of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. Analyze one of Poe's stories or longer poems using the life philosophies of Rilke as a lens through which to view the horrors of Poe's work as personal delusions and securities.

Essay Topic 2

How is Rilke's advice to the young poet applicable for 21st century writers? How is his advice not applicable for 21st century writers?

Essay Topic 3

Explain and analyze Rilke's understanding of God and how that view of God is atypical for the time in which Rilke lived.

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