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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the swan symbolize?
(a) Angels.
(b) Family.
(c) Fidelity.
(d) Anger.

3. 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) A panther in a cage.
(d) Time of day.

4. Which of the following scenarios does Rilke use to describe pain?
(a) The gazelle is graceful but must always run from predators.
(b) The swan can never find a real home.
(c) The pigeon is unable to find a nest.
(d) The panther is trapped, unable to exert his power.

5. Whom does the poet ask, "Tell me, must I travel?"
(a) A lover.
(b) A dead friend.
(c) A god.
(d) A parent.

6. Which poem has the following line: "Then all at once the messenger is there"?
(a) "Archaic Torso of Apollo."
(b) "The Flamingos."
(c) "Black Cat."
(d) "Alcestis."

7. What is the main difference between the English and German poems?
(a) The German poems are completely different and impossible to translate to English.
(b) The translation has a different message.
(c) The German poems rhyme better than the translation.
(d) The translation uses weaker description.

8. Why does the narrator admire the dead person in "Requiem for a Friend"?
(a) The deceased was loving.
(b) The deceased was good at writing.
(c) The deceased was smart.
(d) The deceased was appreciative.

9. Which word is associated with the women described in Rilke's poem about the Greek women?
(a) Homosexual.
(b) Unsuccessful.
(c) Unmarried.
(d) Bed-ridden.

10. Which of the following would be an analogy used in Rilke's poetry for the way religion has changed?
(a) Laying out in the sun as opposed to worshipping it.
(b) Changing one's appearance instead of accepting it.
(c) Owning animals instead of worshipping them.
(d) Getting an education when simpler people are happier.

11. What is the origin of the poem that mentions Hermes?
(a) London.
(b) Mediterranean Sea.
(c) Indian Ocean.
(d) Africa.

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

13. When were the poems published in Book 1, Chapter 2 ?
(a) 1900, 1901.
(b) 1910, 1911.
(c) 1905, 1906.
(d) 1907, 1908.

14. Which of the following is a line from "I am the Anxious One"?
(a) Don't you hear my voice?
(b) Don't you love me anymore?
(c) Can't you hear the words?
(d) Won't you stay and ease my fears?

15. Who is described as being "like a thief climbing in my window"?
(a) The poet's mother.
(b) The poet's friend.
(c) The poet.
(d) An animal.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the poem "I am the Anxious One," which stanza is the longest?

2. What is the name of the poem about Lord in Book 1, Chapter 1?

3. How did the women described in Rilke's poem about the ancient women dress?

4. Which of the following is different between Book 1, Chapters 1 and 2?

5. Which word best describes Rilke in the second stanza of "I am the Anxious One'?

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