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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which animal is described as being a restless captive?
(a) Swan.
(b) Pigeon.
(c) Panther.
(d) Gazelle.

2. What follows from "I have my dead"?
(a) And I keep them close.
(b) And I let them live.
(c) And I want to die.
(d) And I have let them go.

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

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

5. Which animal's motions are most notable through Rilke's poems?
(a) Swan.
(b) Pigeon.
(c) Panther.
(d) Gazelle.

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

7. What is the annexation of Bohemia compared to in the introduction?
(a) American rule of Native Americans.
(b) The relationship between America and Canada.
(c) Hitler's reign.
(d) British rule of Ireland.

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

9. Which of the following poems has the theme of being held back?
(a) The poem about the gazelle.
(b) The poem about the swan.
(c) The poem about ancient women.
(d) The poem about the panther.

10. Which of the following describes the ancient women?
(a) Feminine.
(b) Uneducated.
(c) Dancers.
(d) Pro-feminist.

11. Which animal is described as being able to escape a more powerful animal?
(a) Gazelle.
(b) Swan.
(c) Bird.
(d) Panther.

12. What do the poems about animals serve to do most?
(a) Advertise for a zoo.
(b) Study the movements they make.
(c) Pay homage.
(d) Emphasize how captivity is bad for animals.

13. What name is used in Rilke's poetry that has been passed down through Greek tragedies?
(a) Alcestis.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Eurydice.
(d) Creon.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the last poem in Book 1, Chapter 3?

2. What does the swan symbolize?

3. What is "Requiem for a Friend" about?

4. Why does the narrator admire the dead person in "Requiem for a Friend"?

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

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