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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Poems on Other Difficulties.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "Woman's Lament II" ends with the line, "and the ________ is not in vain."
(a) Sparrow.
(b) Ballerina.
(c) Butterfly.
(d) Nightingale.

2. Writing of one of his principle motifs, the poet writes, "Transform stamen on stamen, / fill your interior _____."
(a) Rose.
(b) Heart.
(c) Pitcher.
(d) Death.

3. In what amount of time did Rilke write over 1,600 lines of poetry plus a major essay during "the great giving"?
(a) Three months.
(b) Three weeks.
(c) Six months.
(d) Six weeks.

4. Rilke remarks in his letters that his sex is "not directed only toward posterity" but is is what?
(a) "The joy of my life."
(b) "The solution of days."
(c) "The answer within the wind."
(d) "The secret of my own life."

5. According to Rilke, there is "scarcely anything more difficult" than what?
(a) To leave one's love.
(b) To birth a child.
(c) To stand alone.
(d) To love one another.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "From the Cycle: Nights," Rilke personifies "Night" as what?

2. One of the shortest of the love poems consists of the following two lines: "Also to affirm even ______ / like a thing."

3. In "Gravity," Rilke writes, "Yet from the _____ falls, / as from a stored up cloud, / abundant rain of force."

4. Mood notes in his introduction to Rilke's poetry that the poet was "in no way an _______, nor in his life."

5. In a very short untitled poem, Rilke writes, "The voices warned me so I _____."

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