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

2. Rilke writes in his letters on love, "Once we were ______ in every part, now we are that in one part only."
(a) Love.
(b) Nature.
(c) Children.
(d) Sex.

3. Who does Rilke say is incapable of such loving as he calls for?
(a) Religious people.
(b) Women.
(c) Virgins.
(d) Young people.

4. In an untitled poem from "Rilke's Poems on Other Difficulties," Rilke writes, "Great star of love's priestesses, which _____ kindles from its own right."
(a) Heartbreak.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Misery.
(d) Feeling.

5. What is the only novel that Rilke wrote?
(a) Letters to a Young Poet.
(b) The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.
(c) Lessons of a Forgotten Soul.
(d) The Grapes of Wrath.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Part IV of "The Seven Phallic Poems," the poet writes, "You don't know ______, with your diffidence."

3. In the Prologue, who does the commentator say is the other of the two greatest writers of the twentieth century?

4. The commentator remarks in the Introduction, "It should be emphasized that Rilke's language is thoroughly _______."

5. Who does the commentator compare Rilke's relationship toward sex to in the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rilke's discussion regarding religion and the Christian church specifically in his letters?

2. In the untitled poems following "The Lovers," what imagery does the poet use?

3. What does Rilke write of using the metaphor of water, song, and play in his untitled poems?

4. What are the subjects discussed in the "Woman's Lament" poems?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rilke say of questions and answers in his first essay?

10. What is the poet writing about in "The Poet Praises"?

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