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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book 1, Chapter 5, what does Rilke intentionally use to describe a short scene from real life?
(a) Irony.
(b) Symbolism.
(c) Diction.
(d) Repetition.

2. How does Rilke make up for writing in generalized poetic form?
(a) He creates dynamic settings.
(b) He introuces new characters randomly.
(c) He varies line length.
(d) He varies the tone from line to line.

3. In the case of those poems with no titles, what is used as a reference?
(a) The last line.
(b) The subject.
(c) The first line.
(d) The narrator's name.

4. In "The Bird Feeders," the poet emphasizes the value of __________.
(a) Schools.
(b) Children.
(c) Bird feeders.
(d) Women.

5. In the elegy, Rilke wonders if an angel will hear _______.
(a) Love.
(b) Anger.
(c) Amazement.
(d) Cries.

6. What does Rilke refer to as "pampered favorites"?
(a) Children who attend private school.
(b) Women who can work from home.
(c) Scenes of the natural world.
(d) Genuine emotions.

7. Who is the poem "Ariel" named after?
(a) A character in a play.
(b) Rilke's mother.
(c) A Disney character.
(d) Rilke's daughter.

8. In which poem is there an allusion to "The Tempest"?
(a) "To Music."
(b) "Ariel."
(c) "To Holderlin."
(d) "Straining So Hard..."

9. Which of the following is contained in the appendix of Book 1, Chapter 7?
(a) Original drafts.
(b) Enitrely new poems.
(c) An index of themes in the elegies.
(d) A glossary and a map.

10. How many parts is "Uncollected Poems" divided into?
(a) 5.
(b) 2.
(c) 3.
(d) 4.

11. How many elegies are contained in Chapter 7?
(a) 10.
(b) 8.
(c) 14.
(d) 4.

12. Which of the following feelings is not experienced by the poet in the first elegy of Book 1, Chapter 7?
(a) Guilt.
(b) Joy.
(c) Remorse.
(d) Unworthiness.

13. In "Ariel" which stanza is the longest?
(a) Second.
(b) First.
(c) Fourth.
(d) Third.

14. According to Rilke's poem, how did the prodigal son grow up?
(a) Fearful.
(b) Mistreated.
(c) Unappreciatively.
(d) Well-loved.

15. Which of the following is the title of a poem in "Uncollected Poems"?
(a) "Nothing is so mute."
(b) "For gods do not entice."
(c) "We ignore the gods and fill our minds with trash."
(d) "Straining so hard against the strength of night."

Short Answer Questions

1. In Rilke's poem, what type of activity is feeding birds?

2. Each elegy is named with ___________________.

3. In Rilke's poem, who did the prodigal son feel bound by?

4. Which of the following does Rilke use in his elegies to move readers?

5. What does the layout of the page show the reader about modern poetry?

(see the answer keys)

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