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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. How are the poems in "Sonnets to Orpheus" (Book 1, Chapter 8) named?
(a) Themes in the poem.
(b) Roman numerals.
(c) Combinations of numbers.
(d) Key words.

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

3. Which of the following is lacking in Rilke's elegies?
(a) Rhyme.
(b) Figurative language.
(c) Diction.
(d) Structure.

4. What is the name of the poem following "Ibsen"?
(a) "The Sacraments of a Saint."
(b) "The Fate of a Saint."
(c) "The Temptations of a Saint."
(d) "The Fear of a Saint."

5. What is the tone of the first poem in "Sonnets to Orpheus"?
(a) Dramatic.
(b) Content.
(c) Ironic.
(d) Angry.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the poem that suggests that even going back to ancient times, there was hustle and bustle?

2. In the elegy, Rilke wonders if an angel will hear _______.

3. According to Rilke, what does Orpheus invigorate?

4. According to Rilke's poem, how did the prodigal son grow up?

5. In the first elegy, what happens to the images as the poem continues?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Orpheus as Rilke describes him in his sonnets.

2. What is "Faces" about?

3. What frustrations does Rilke mention in his sonnets?

4. How does Rilke give in to tradition while writing, as exemplified in his elegies?

5. What does Rilke mean when he refers to "pampered favorites"?

6. How does Rilke create a dramatic tone in his sonnets?

7. What is the message behind "For the Sake of a Single Poem"?

8. Describe "To Holderlin."

9. Describe the elegy about angels.

10. What is "The Bird Feeders" about?

(see the answer keys)

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