Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties, Translations and Considerations of Rainer Maria Rilke Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose influence helped to expand Rilke's vision, according to Mood?

2. In the second of "The Seven Phallic Poems," who does the poet claim is "drawing my seed up into an abrupt tree"?

3. Writing of one of his principle motifs, the poet writes, "Transform stamen on stamen, / fill your interior _____."

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

5. What sculptor had an influence on Rilke's writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when one gives oneself completely over to love, according to the poet?

4. In the fourth and fifth of The Seven Phallic Poems, what imagery does the poet use for climax?

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

6. What does Mood say regarding Rilke's sensuality in the introduction to his poems?

7. What does Rilke say regarding the young and marriage in his letters?

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 does Rilke write of "silence" in his untitled poems?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Rilke's writing in terms of the themes of "patience," "experience," and "youth." What metaphors and symbols does he use to approach these topics?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the poems "Woman's Lament I" and "Woman's Lament II." What structural differences are there in these poems? What similarities in regard to subject and theme?

Essay Topic 3

In Rilke's letters, what does he say regarding the institution of marriage? What mistakes do people make in marrying? How does he suggest one avoid these pitfalls?

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