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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "To Be Ascetic," the term "askesis" is associated with which of the following acts?
(a) Self-punishment and gentle retreat.
(b) Foreign travel.
(c) Complete rejection of society.
(d) Meditation.

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

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

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

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

6. In "Events, Setbacks and Annoyances," which of the following describes the effect of "contingencies" on the amorous subject?
(a) The amorous subject is ambivalent about random events.
(b) The amorous subject's happiness is destroyed by random events.
(c) The amorous subject's happiness is increased by random events.
(d) The amorous subject is oblivious to random events.

7. What message does the lover hope to send through his asceticism?
(a) He wants to convince society that he is worthy of love.
(b) He wants to show off his learning to his friends.
(c) He wants to make his mother feel guilty.
(d) He wants to display his askesis as something caused by the other so that person will yield.

8. In "To Be Ascetic," how does the narrator's asceticism take shape?
(a) Through appearance (short hair, dark glasses) and monk-like habits (serious study, rising early).
(b) Through long walks alone in the desert.
(c) Through fasting, sexual abstinence, and total seclusion.
(d) Through refusing to speak to friends about his condition.

9. The lover associates atopia in the other with which of the following qualities?
(a) Innocence.
(b) Indolence.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Secrecy.

10. "Connivance" describes a situation of connivance that occurs between which two people?
(a) The amorous subject and his mother.
(b) The object of love and the lover's rival.
(c) The amorous subject and the object of love.
(d) The amorous subject and his rival.

11. What happens when one speaks of love in the objective?
(a) "He" or "she" becomes "you."
(b) "You" becomes "it."
(c) "One" becomes "I."
(d) "You" becomes "he" or "she" or "one."

12. What is the slightly longer characterization the author uses to describe the different sections of the book?
(a) Figments of the imagination.
(b) Lists of terms.
(c) Fragments of discourse.
(d) Literary musings.

13. In the section entitled "To Love Love," the term "annulment" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) The object of desire smothers the lover with excessive attention.
(b) The lover's desire annuls the lover's personal friendships.
(c) The lover's desire annuls the other.
(d) The object of desire rejects the lover's advances.

14. According to the author, what does the term "adorable" represent, or stand in for, in the lover's discourse?
(a) Everything: all the qualities that attach the lover to the loved object.
(b) The lover's anxiety about rejection by the loved object.
(c) The opposite of what it appears to mean.
(d) The poetic possibilities of the lover's imagination.

15. The section titled "All the delights of the earth"/Fulfillment is a quotation from which of the following authors?
(a) Sade.
(b) Ruysbroek.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Novalis.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the person concealing his feelings wish to be perceived?

2. In the same section, what does the lover mourn when the love object is lost?

3. What does the "fulfillment" or comblement of the title refer to?

4. According to this section in the text, what is the best reaction to the other's suffering?

5. What does the subtitle of this section, "to circumscribe," refer to?

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