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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What three things can shatter the ideal and protected Image of the lover according to the author?
(a) Attachment to their parents and former lovers, and desire for others.
(b) Association with the commonplace, former lovers, and desire for others.
(c) The loss of their looks, their lack of interest in new things, and poor hygiene.
(d) Unpaid bills, association with the mundane, and course language.

2. In this section, what does the lover hope to achieve by touching the other?
(a) Understanding from the other.
(b) A response, an interplay of meaning with the other.
(c) Compassion from the other.
(d) Sympathy from the other.

3. The other title of Tutti Sistemati," "pigeonholed," is associated with which of the following desires?
(a) The lover's desire to fit into a particular life structure.
(b) The need to stereotype others.
(c) The traveler's desire to keep moving.
(d) The desire to escape social constraints and labels.

4. The term "atopos" is associated with which of the following figures?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Meno.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Plato.

5. In this section, "understand your madness" is a phrase uttered by which one of the following figures?
(a) Apollo.
(b) Dionysus.
(c) Orpheus.
(d) Zeus.

6. In "What is to be done?" which of the following describes the behavior of the amorous subject?
(a) Needy.
(b) Self-indulgent with little concern for others' feelings.
(c) Awkwardly silent.
(d) Everything is over-interpreted and spontaneity becomes impossible.

7. What does the "scenography of waiting" refer to?
(a) A traumatic scene from the narrator's childhood that he rehearses mentally.
(b) A French opera.
(c) A book written by Schönberg that deals with waiting.
(d) A drama in which the narrator goes through the different stages of waiting and their associated actions and emotions.

8. What language does the word "atopos" come from?
(a) Latin.
(b) Hebrew.
(c) Greek.
(d) Gaelic.

9. What does the subtitle of this section, "to circumscribe," refer to?
(a) The lover's attempt to circumscribe pain.
(b) The lover's attempt to circumscribe pleasure.
(c) The lover's refusal to circumscribe pleasure.
(d) The lover's attempt to circumscribe boredom.

10. In this same section, the author invokes a scene involving a letter. Which of the following describes this scene?
(a) The narrator describes burning his love letters.
(b) The narrator writes a business letter instead of a love letter.
(c) The narrator writes a love letter instead of a business letter.
(d) The narrator opens a secret love letter addressed to someone else.

11. According to the author, what is always involved in every discourse on love, whether philosophical, gnomic, lyric, or novelistic?
(a) A desire to please.
(b) Courage.
(c) Self-doubt.
(d) A person whom one addresses.

12. How is the heart described in the section entitled "The Heart?"
(a) As a pretext for intimacy.
(b) As a gift-object and an organ of desire.
(c) As a symbol of fertility.
(d) As a tired metaphor for romance.

13. What effect does the other's atopia have on language?
(a) It inspires the lover to new and better descriptions of the other.
(b) It makes the lover take refuge in falsehoods.
(c) It makes language indecisive and false; the other cannot be qualified.
(d) It does not have any effect on language.

14. "Intractable/Affirmation" discusses which of the following themes?
(a) The lover's eventual rejection of love as a value.
(b) How love makes the lover more rational.
(c) How the lover affirms love as a value against and despite its devaluation.
(d) Love as an expression of self-sacrifice.

15. In the section on absence, to what early experience does the author link the subject's feelings about the absent lover?
(a) To the father's absence.
(b) To the child's need for approval.
(c) To the mother's absence.
(d) To the subject's first disappointment in love.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Connivance" describes a situation of connivance that occurs between which two people?

2. The lover associates atopia in the other with which of the following qualities?

3. According to the author, who carries out the "discourse of absence" historically?

4. In the section called "Talking," how does the lover's discourse change when the amorous subject speaks about love?

5. What is the feeling that the author refers to in the section entitled "Agony?"

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