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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Mood writes in the Epilogue that one translator said of Rilke's controversial line, "even ____would not bother to satirize."
(a) Van Gogh.
(b) Rodin.
(c) Voltaire.
(d) Brockett.

2. What would one feel, displaced from one's room and set in a place of great solitude?
(a) Abiding love.
(b) Great bravery.
(c) Great fear.
(d) Unparalleled insecurity.

3. Who does Mood quote in the Epilogue as having written, "A social order which draws a distinction between the wish and the deed, between the criminal and the righteous, is this a kingdom of darkness"?
(a) Matthew.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) Norman O. Brown.
(d) Samuel Beckett.

4. Rilke writes in "The Dragon-Princess," that "fear of the inexplicable has not alone ______ the existence of the individual."
(a) Blinded.
(b) Killed.
(c) Drowned.
(d) Impoverished.

5. What literary technique is used in the following? "lifted out of the riverbed of endless possibilities"?
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Simile.
(c) Assonance.
(d) Irony.

6. Who insisted on placing a large cross on a separate tombstone for Rilke?
(a) His daughter.
(b) His wife.
(c) His son.
(d) His grandson.

7. From which work of Samuel Beckett does Mood quote from in the Epilogue?
(a) Endgame.
(b) Happy Days.
(c) How It Is.
(d) Waiting for Godot.

8. In what year did Rilke write his own epitaph?
(a) 1921.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1927.
(d) 1915.

9. Mood writes in "The Difficulty of Dying," that Rilke had been fascinated by "that circling _____."
(a) Quiet.
(b) Peace.
(c) Love.
(d) Nothing.

10. Mood writes in the Epilogue, "Perhaps no poet, not even ____, grew poetically as much as Rilke."
(a) Byron.
(b) Keaton.
(c) Shelley.
(d) Yeats.

11. What does Rilke write one "must also have been beside" in "Blood-Remembering"?
(a) The dying.
(b) The loving.
(c) The young.
(d) The newborn.

12. Rilke writes that most people only know a corner of their room, and thus have a certain what?
(a) Security.
(b) Love.
(c) Blindness.
(d) Desperation.

13. What author does Rilke refer to in "The Dragon-Princess"?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Poe.
(c) Byron.
(d) Shelley.

14. Mood writes in "The Difficulty of Dying," that Rilke says of lovers, "Being full of life, ... are full of ____."
(a) Peace.
(b) Breath.
(c) Death.
(d) Love.

15. What does Rilke write that one ought to wait and gather "a whole life long," in "Blood-Remembering"?
(a) Experience and memory.
(b) Sense and sweetness.
(c) Memory and truth.
(d) Age and memory.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rilke writes in "The Dragon-Princess," "We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not _______."

2. Mood writes that the affirmative tone of "The Dragon-Princess" comes from its ambiguity and what?

3. Which word of Rilke's epitaph is set aside by commas?

4. What has the fear of the inexplicable also impoverished, according to Rilke?

5. What word is difficult in translation of Rilke's epitaph because of a pun on the word in the original German?

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