The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many poems are in Book 1, Chapter 6?

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

3. Each elegy is named with ___________________.

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

5. How are the poems in Book 1, Chapter 5 written?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the invisible 'you' reference in the first poem in "Sonnets to Orpheus"?

2. What is "The Bird Feeders" about?

3. Why do you think that only some poems have titles?

4. How did the editors connect praise and grief when putting together Rilke's sonnets?

5. What frustrations does Rilke mention in his sonnets?

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

7. Describe "To Holderlin."

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

9. What is "The Prodigal Son" about?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What emotive language does Rilke use? What are other examples of emotive language that you might find in daily life? What is Rilke's most emotive poem? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What is the message of "For the Sake of a Single Poem"? What literary devices are used in the poem, and what effect do they have?

Essay Topic 3

Of the poems in the book, which is your favorite? Why? What literary devices set the tone for that poem? Why is this pleasing?

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