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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following is evident in Rilke's poems?
(a) Imagination combined with knowledge.
(b) Faith combined with imagination.
(c) Knowledge combined with contempt.
(d) Pure research.

3. In which way are the poems in the book presented?
(a) By the location in which they were written.
(b) By subject.
(c) Chronologically.
(d) Alphabetical order.

4. Which of the following is a theme in "I am the Anxious One"?
(a) Creating.
(b) Dreaming.
(c) Falling.
(d) Sleeping.

5. In the poem about the abnormal women, which stanza is the longest?
(a) Second.
(b) First.
(c) Fourth.
(d) Third.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which animal is described as being able to escape a more powerful animal?

2. What became of Bohemia?

3. Which of the following best describes the poem about Lord in Book 1, Chapter 1?

4. Which family member does Rilke dedicate a poem to?

5. What name is used in Rilke's poetry that has been passed down through Greek tragedies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the rhyming scheme of the poem in which the gazelle is the subject.

2. What is the tone of the poem, "Archaic Torso of Apollo"?

3. Why is it important to know background information about Rainer Marie Rilke before reading the poems?

4. How is the panther portrayed in the poem in which it is the subject?

5. How does Rilke honor ancient Greeks?

6. What is the message found in "I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all"?

7. What does the narrator of "Requiem for a Friend" admire about Paula?

8. What is the significance of the women standing in their doorways in "Requiem for a Friend"?

9. How does the author change from the first stanza to the second in "I am the Anxious One"?

10. How does the author show genuine emotion in poetry, especially in Book 1, Chapter 5?

(see the answer keys)

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