Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties, Translations and Considerations of Rainer Maria Rilke Test | Final 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. What does Rilke write that verses are in "Blood-Remembering"?

2. How much earlier than his death did Rilke pen his epitaph?

3. Rilke writes in "Blood-Remembering," One must be able to forget them when they are many and one must have the great _____ to wait until they come again."

4. Who does Mood quote in the Epilogue with the line, "... tormentor and tormented pedant and dunce wooer and wooed speechless and reafflicted with speech in the dark mud nothing to emend there"?

5. What word did Rilke have to express "world-inner-space"?`

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mood discuss in the introduction to "The Dragon-Princess"?

2. What does Rilke remark of the memories of "love" in "Blood-Remembering"?

3. What does "Blood-Remembering" mean?

4. What is remarkable about Rilke's vision in "The Dragon-Princess"?

5. What does Rilke speak of initially regarding solitude in "The Dragon-Princess"?

6. In Mood's discussion of "The Difficulty of Dying," what symbol does he analyze first?

7. What does Mood preface "Blood-Remembering" with, in discussing the poet?

8. What does "under so many lids" reference in "The Difficulty of Dying"?

9. From what text is "Blood-Remembering" taken? What character is speaking?

10. What does Mood examine about Rilke's vision of the empty space within the rose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "The Poet Speaks of Praising" and "The Poet Praises" in terms of subject, theme, symbolism, imagery, and structure.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences between Rilke's prose and his poetry. What stylistic elements are present in both? Which are limited to one or the other?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss John L. Mood's interpretation of Rilke as a writer. How did Mood first encounter Rilke? What drew him to the poet's writing? In what era did Mood become fascinated with Rilke and why?

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