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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What term describes the following example from "The Seven Phallic Poems"? "Daring landscape, such as an inner-seer/beholds in a crystal ball."
(a) Simile.
(b) Irony.
(c) Contrast.
(d) Prose.

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

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) Six weeks.
(c) Three weeks.
(d) Six months.

4. Who does the commentator compare Rilke's relationship toward sex to in the Introduction?
(a) Fitzgerald.
(b) Norman Mailer.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Robert Frost.

5. What does Rilke write is a simplification of one's way of life?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Forgiveness.
(c) Love.
(d) Sex.

6. In a very short untitled poem, Rilke writes, "The voices warned me so I _____."
(a) Ran.
(b) Desisted.
(c) Ceased.
(d) Wept.

7. Rilke writes in an untitled poem, "Who keeps innerly _____, touches the roots of speech."
(a) Silent.
(b) Stoic.
(c) Remembered.
(d) Loved.

8. In Part IV of "The Seven Phallic Poems," the poet writes, "You don't know ______, with your diffidence."
(a) Sex.
(b) Gods.
(c) Love.
(d) Towers.

9. In the introduction to "Rilke's Poems on Love," the commentator states that Rilke's imagery is all what?
(a) Surreal.
(b) Unnatural.
(c) Earthly.
(d) Heavenly.

10. What literary term applies to the following: "exhaust yourself like a spring"?
(a) Irony.
(b) Simile.
(c) Alliteration.
(d) Metaphor.

11. In "Rilke's Poems on Other Difficulties," Rilke writes in one poem from 1924, "We are not to know why / this and that _____ us."
(a) Masters.
(b) Weakens.
(c) Empowers.
(d) Strengthens.

12. Mood notes in his introduction to Rilke's poetry that the poet was "in no way an _______, nor in his life."
(a) Amateur.
(b) Aesthete.
(c) Artist.
(d) Actor.

13. 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 secret of my own life."
(d) "The answer within the wind."

14. Rilke writes in one untitled poem, "Like the _____ of quickly grown-up girls / one braids differently."
(a) Pigtails.
(b) Lipstick.
(c) Hairpins.
(d) Ringlets.

15. Whose influence helped to expand Rilke's vision, according to Mood?
(a) Goethe.
(b) Donne.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Beckett.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Seven Phallic Poems," who "grasps suddenly the bull bud of his vitality"?

2. The translator claims that the poems in "Rilke's Poems on Love" deserve to take their place alongside whose great love poems?

3. Two-thirds of the poems in "Rilke's Poems on Other Difficulties" come from what year?

4. 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."

5. What is the title of the poem which begins, "Center, how you draw yourself out"?

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