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 of "screams of women" in "Blood-Remembering"?

2. What does Rilke write one "must also have been beside" in "Blood-Remembering"?

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. What of the sea does Rilke write of remembering in "Blood-Remembering"?

5. Rilke writes in "The Dragon-Princess," that "fear of the inexplicable has not alone ______ the existence of the individual."

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mood say of Orpheus in his interpretation of "The Difficulty of Dying"?

2. What is the poem discussed in "The Difficulty of Dying"?

3. What does Rilke remark of childhood memories in "Blood-Remembering"?

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

5. What comparison does Rilke use to explain human experience in "The Dragon-Princess"?

6. What three authors does the commentator compare to Rilke's quote, "Murderers are easily comprehended"?

7. What metaphor does Rilke use in describing solitude in "The Dragon-Princess"?

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

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

10. In "Blood-Remembering," what does Rilke write about the young as writers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Rilke in terms of Expressionism and Existentialism. How does Rilke fit into these movements, when and where did they arise, and what in his works reflect these styles?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mood's analysis of Rilke's epitaph. How does Mood dissect the poem into pieces, looking at each segment as it interlocks with the next? How does he view the translating of the words?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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