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. The commentator concludes the introduction to Rilke's love poetry in saying, "Rilke's poetry is somewhat precious and even _______."

2. Over what does the poet write, "we will together contend" in "Greek Love-Talk"?

3. In one of the untitled love poems, Rilke writes, "What fields are fragrant as your ______?"

4. Rilke writes in one letter, "Almost everything ______ is difficult, and everything is _______."

5. What does the poet say in his untitled poem to do with that which, "offers itself to us with starlight"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Rilke write of "silence" in his untitled poems?

4. What influences does Mood speak of on Rilke's writing in his introduction to "Poems of Other Difficulties"?

5. What references to Venus does Rilke make in the untitled poems of "Poems of Other Difficulties"?

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

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

8. How does Rilke regard the difficulty of sex in his opening letters?

9. What does Mood say in regard to Rilke's vision of Eros in the Prologue?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "The Poems Praise" in terms of subject, theme, symbolism, imagery, and structure.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss "Magic" and "Force of Gravity" in terms of subject, theme, symbolism, imagery, and structure.

Essay Topic 3

What is the subject and theme of "Mausoleum"? What mythological allusion does the poet use in this poem? What structural components stand out in this poem?

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