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 address in his epitaph?
(a) A lion.
(b) A rose.
(c) A statue.
(d) A tree.

2. From what collection is "The Poet Praises" taken?
(a) Duino Elegies.
(b) Sonnets to Orpheus.
(c) Letters to a Young Poet.
(d) Cycle--Nights.

3. In "The Poet Praises," Rilke writes, "Maidens, you warm ones, maidens, you mute and dumb, / dance the taste of the experienced _____!"
(a) Fruit.
(b) Jams.
(c) Silence.
(d) Berries.

4. The commentator notes that all of the poems in "Rilke's Poems on Love" were written when he was how old?
(a) His twenties.
(b) His thirties and forties.
(c) His fifties.
(d) His forties and fifties.

5. Mood writes in the introduction to "The Dragon-Princess," "Unambiguous affirmation is" what?
(a) Naive.
(b) Romantic.
(c) Sentimentality.
(d) Truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what poems does Rilke refer to the rose as a "body of nothing but radiance"?

2. Rilke remarks in his letters that his sex is "not directed only toward posterity" but is is what?

3. What did the commentator originally call the selections of Rilke's letters which he copied and gave out?

4. Rilke writes in his letters on love, "Once we were ______ in every part, now we are that in one part only."

5. "Woman's Lament II" ends with the line, "and the ________ is not in vain."

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