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 letter eight, what does Rilke tell the young poet he must be careful with?

3. What does Rilke assert about the nature of human existence that he claims is a fact whether we think so or not?

4. How long has Rilke been in the city from which he writes the fifth letter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What does Rilke mean when, in letter seven, he says that in the future, femininity will not be "merely an opposite of the masculine, but. something in itself"?

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

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

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

9. Explain what Rilke means when in letter eight he says that sadness "are the moments when something new has entered into us".

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways can Rilke's tenth letter be viewed as a sendoff of sorts to the young poet?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Based on the content of the letters, develop an argument about what Rilke believed the role of the artist in society is.

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