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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Rilke's letters are examples of what?
(a) Prose.
(b) Verse.
(c) Irony.
(d) Verisimilitude.

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

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

4. What does Rilke comment in the excerpt from the Introduction that Eros "cannot be"?
(a) Fair.
(b) Ugly.
(c) Faithful.
(d) Joyful.

5. Rilke writes of love that "So whoever loves must try to act as if he had a _________."
(a) Great work.
(b) Fragile jewel.
(c) Holy thing.
(d) Priceless possession.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rilke write is a simplification of one's way of life?

2. What does the translator comment in the Prologue that his translations of Rilke are?

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

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

5. Rilke writes in an untitled poem, "Who keeps innerly _____, touches the roots of speech."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does death intermingle with sex in The Seven Phallic Poems? How does childhood?

2. What reference does Rilke use to the god Hermes in The Seven Phallic Poems?

3. What does Rilke say regarding the institute of marriage and solitude?

4. What is the subject and imagery in the poem "Magic"?

5. What sexual elements are undertaken in The Seven Phallic Poems?

6. What does Rilke write of in his first poem of "Poems of Other Difficulties"?

7. In the untitled poems of "Rilke's Poems of Other Difficulties," how does Rilke write of the gods?

8. Discuss the subjects of "Greek Love Talk" and "The Lovers." What imagery is used?

9. What does the commentator say regarding Rilke's feminism in the Prologue?

10. What does the commentator say regarding the transition to the 1960s' promiscuity and what this transition lacked?

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