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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is most unique to Rilke?

2. The "diaphonous girl" appears to be a part of __________.

3. In the poem about faces, what do vast numbers of things appear to be?

4. In "The Bird Feeders," the poet emphasizes the value of __________.

5. According to Rilke's suggestion, which of the following should be used to remember Orpheus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would you describe Rilke's poetic skills? Are there other poets or authors you would compare him to? Why or why not? Is there a poet or author that he is extremely different from?

Essay Topic 2

What themes and symbols seem to be significant in each of Rilke's poems? How do they set the tone for the poems?

Essay Topic 3

How does Rilke use allusion in his poems? Why do you think he does this? How does Rilke mix allusion with creativity? Is it effective? Why or why not?

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