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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, with absinthe, "trickle through silent sieves of kisses of bitter essence"?
(a) Lust.
(b) Wormwood.
(c) Arsenic.
(d) Fairies.

2. The commentator concludes the introduction to Rilke's love poetry in saying, "Rilke's poetry is somewhat precious and even _______."
(a) Masculine.
(b) Ephemeral.
(c) Romantic.
(d) Effiminate.

3. In one of the untitled love poems, Rilke writes, "What fields are fragrant as your ______?"
(a) Kiss.
(b) Lips.
(c) Eyes.
(d) Hands.

4. What did the commentator originally call the selections of Rilke's letters which he copied and gave out?
(a) "The Love Letters."
(b) "Letters of Love."
(c) "Rilke on Love."
(d) "Notes on Love."

5. In "From the Cycle: Nights," Rilke personifies "Night" as what?
(a) A bird.
(b) A lover.
(c) A doom.
(d) A river.

6. One poem, using nature imagery, reads, "Cheerful gift from the chillier / mountains / attempts to leap into ____."
(a) August.
(b) Spring.
(c) Summer.
(d) June.

7. Which poem begins with the line, "And the last perhaps will not return"?
(a) "Greek Love-Talk."
(b) "Woman's Lament II."
(c) "The Lovers."
(d) "Woman's Lament I."

8. What does Rilke suggest that the young are apt to do in love?
(a) Stand solitary.
(b) Marry for money.
(c) Give oneself away.
(d) Not listen to each other.

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

10. What does Rilke write that he holds to be "the highest task of a bond between two people"?
(a) That they should each stand guard over the solitude of the other.
(b) That they should hold no limits to their connection.
(c) That they should stand alone.
(d) That they must live closely.

11. What is the title of the poem which begins, "Center, how you draw yourself out"?
(a) "Force of Gravity."
(b) "Magic."
(c) "Music."
(d) "From the Cycle: Nights."

12. Which poem begins, "See how in their veins all becomes spirit"?
(a) "Woman's Lament I."
(b) "Greek Love-Talk."
(c) "The Seven Phallic Poems."
(d) "The Lovers."

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

14. In the poem, "From the Cycle: Nights," Rilke writes, "Night. Oh you in depths ______."
(a) Weeping.
(b) Dissolving.
(c) Emerging.
(d) Sighing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke write about in conjunction with love and sex in Part VI of "The Seven Phallic Poems"?

2. The poem "Gong" makes use of what literary technique?

3. In Rilke's one-line poem of the love poems, he writes, "This is the mute-mouthed mounting of the ______."

4. From what collection is "The Poet Praises" taken?

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

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