Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties, Translations and Considerations of Rainer Maria Rilke Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Difficulty of Dying: Rilke's Self-Composed Epitaph.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rilke write in his first letter, imploring the reader to try to love?
(a) The questions themselves.
(b) Dignity.
(c) The truth.
(d) The answers.

2. The commentator regards that Rilke's "justly famed deep spirituality" is rooted essentially in what?
(a) Heaven.
(b) Nature.
(c) God.
(d) Sex.

3. In Part III of "The Seven Phallic Poems," Rilke writes, "Granted by you, the image of the ____ stands/at the gentle crossroads under my clothes."
(a) Flower.
(b) Madonna.
(c) God.
(d) Tower.

4. Rilke's final metaphor in "The Dragon-Princess" states that perhaps all the "dragons of our lives are" what?
(a) Pebbles.
(b) Aflame.
(c) Princesses.
(d) Love.

5. In "The Dragon-Princess," Rilke writes that the feeling one might have placed in total isolation, is "an abandonment to something inexpressible would almost ______ him."
(a) Intensify.
(b) Overwhelm.
(c) Dissipate.
(d) Annihilate.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which poem from "Rilke's Poems of Other Difficulties" speaks of a king?

3. Rilke writes in "Blood-Remembering," One must be able to forget them when they are many and one must have the great _____ to wait until they come again."

4. From which of Rilke's poems does Mood quote "The Difficulty of Dying," "the glance while, as though caught by a whirlpool's / circling, swims a little while"?

5. From what work of Norman O. Brown's does Mood quote from in the Epilogue?

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