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. In the sixth letter, in what manner does Rilke advise the young poet to be solitary?

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

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

4. What does Rilke imply about losing God?

5. How does Rilke note that the future change in the role of women affects love?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What is Rilke's view of God?

6. What does Rilke say about fear?

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, 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compile, analyze, and explain a unified artistic theory according to Rilke.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the advice Rilke presents to the young poet and the way Rilke takes his own advice based on research into Rilke's life.

Essay Topic 3

What would the artistic and academic worlds be like without aesthetic criticism, as it seems Rilke would have it? Is Rilke able to reject the idea of aesthetic criticism only because he is an artist himself?

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