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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 is the name of the poem that suggests that even going back to ancient times, there was hustle and bustle?
(a) "To Music."
(b) "Straining so hard...."
(c) "Ariel."
(d) "To Holderlin."

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

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

4. What does Rilke disregard in writing his elegies?
(a) Expertise.
(b) Poetic license.
(c) Regard for syntax and sentence structure.
(d) Restraint.

5. In Rilke's poem, who did the prodigal son feel bound by?
(a) Those who disparaged him publicly.
(b) Those who hated him.
(c) Those who loved him.
(d) Those who respected him.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rilke, what do poems written in one's youth lack?

2. Which of the following best describes the "diaphonous girl"?

3. What is the name of the poem following "Ibsen"?

4. Which of the following feelings is not experienced by the poet in the first elegy of Book 1, Chapter 7?

5. How many parts is "Uncollected Poems" divided into?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rilke mean by "Every angel is terrifying"?

2. Which elegy is the most emotional and why?

3. What is the difference between a poem and prose?

4. Describe "To Holderlin."

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

6. Describe "To Music."

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

8. What does the format of the lines say about Rilke and his poetry in Book 1, Chapter 6?

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

10. Describe the elegy about angels.

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