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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What became of Bohemia?
(a) It became part of Russia.
(b) It became a part of Canada.
(c) It was divided up among several different countries.
(d) It became Czechoslovakia.

2. Which of the following people does Rilke paint a picture of through poetry?
(a) His country's leader.
(b) His mother.
(c) His favorite pet.
(d) Himself.

3. What is "Requiem for a Friend" about?
(a) Fear after somebody has died.
(b) Love for a best friend.
(c) Failure to save somebody.
(d) Fear when a baby is born.

4. What is the new element introduced in "Requiem for a Friend"?
(a) Sentences.
(b) Paragraph indentations.
(c) Capital letters.
(d) Figurative language.

5. What does the panther serve to be a symbol of?
(a) The German legal system.
(b) The sun rising each morning.
(c) Native Americans.
(d) Natural power.

6. What is the title of Book 1, Chapter 2?
(a) "These Animals."
(b) "New Poems."
(c) "Old Poems."
(d) "Ancient Women."

7. What is the title of Book 1, Chapter 3?
(a) "Myth."
(b) "Black Cat."
(c) "Good Poems II."
(d) "New Poems II."

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

9. Which poem has the following line: "You must change your life"?
(a) "The Flamingos."
(b) "Creon."
(c) "Archaic Torso of Apollo."
(d) "Black Cat."

10. Which of the following do not describe a poem in Rilke's book?
(a) Rilke's father before Rilke was born.
(b) A clown in the park trying to make a living.
(c) Time of day.
(d) A panther in a cage.

11. What friend is the one talked about in "Requiem for a Friend"?
(a) Paula.
(b) Marie.
(c) Gary.
(d) Cassandra.

12. What is the name of the last poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?
(a) "Fame in Glory."
(b) "Buddha in Faith."
(c) "Heaven in Glory."
(d) "Buddha in Glory."

13. What of the following are not themes in Rilke's poems in Book 1, Chapter 2?
(a) Women.
(b) Sexuality.
(c) Weather.
(d) Animals.

14. Which word best describes Rilke in the second stanza of "I am the Anxious One'?
(a) A dreamer.
(b) A lover.
(c) A builder.
(d) A complainer.

15. Which poem most portrays the power of classical theme in poetry?
(a) "The Flamingos."
(b) "Archaic Torso of Apollo."
(c) "Alcestis."
(d) "Black Cat."

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following scenarios does Rilke use to describe pain?

2. According to the poet, what is the main concern of the living?

3. In which poem is personification most relevant?

4. What is the annexation of Bohemia compared to in the introduction?

5. What is the title of Book 1, Chapter 1?

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