The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 1, The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke : Chapter 3, New Poems II.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following seems to have inspired Rilke the most?
(a) War.
(b) Grecian region.
(c) France.
(d) American culture.

2. In Greek mythology, what did the sun readily take on the guise of?
(a) Wind.
(b) Worshippers.
(c) Church.
(d) Living man.

3. What is Apollo the god of in Greek mythology?
(a) Sun, healing, and music.
(b) Medicine, anger, winter.
(c) Reading, writing, arithmetic.
(d) Education, summer, and trees.

4. In which poem is it relevant that religion has changed since Greek mythology?
(a) "Archaic Torso of Apollo."
(b) "Black Cat."
(c) "Schwarze Katze."
(d) "Orpheus."

5. In the poem "Archaic Torso of Apollo," the poet is most similar to __________.
(a) A mother.
(b) A zookeeper.
(c) A lover.
(d) A museum visitor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the second stanza of "I am the Anxious One" focus on?

2. Which poem has the following line: "Then all at once the messenger is there"?

3. How does Rilke describe the gazelle in the poem?

4. Which of the following do not describe a poem in Rilke's book?

5. What did the women in Rilke's poem about ancient women overcome?

(see the answer key)

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