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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the person concealing his feelings wish to be perceived?
(a) As unlovable.
(b) As both pathetic and admirable; child and adult.
(c) As worthy.
(d) As tough and courageous.

2. In "What is to be done?" what problem does the author present?
(a) Solving a difficult social crisis.
(b) Finding a solution to a dispute.
(c) Choosing between two alternatives: this, or that.
(d) Deciding when to leave the other.

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

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

5. What is the feeling that the author refers to in the section entitled "Agony?"
(a) Anxiety.
(b) Embarrassment.
(c) Anger.
(d) Boredom.

6. What does the lover seek to "read" on the other's body?
(a) The cause of his desire.
(b) Unexpressed thoughts.
(c) The meaning of beauty.
(d) Evidence of imperfection.

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

8. In the section entitled, "I am engulfed, I succumb," the author discusses which of the following desires?
(a) To lose oneself in a good story.
(b) To be overcome with emotion or to swoon.
(c) To fall into a deep sleep.
(d) To be embraced by one's lover.

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

10. When does this desire affect the subject?
(a) When the subject is bored.
(b) When the subject is irritated.
(c) When the subject is in a state of raw panic.
(d) When the subject is in a state of despair or fulfillment.

11. In Dark Glasses/To Hide, what paradox is revealed in the act of concealment?
(a) The lover does not bother to ask the other how he feels.
(b) The other reveals a lot about himself by being secretive.
(c) The other must know that the lover does not want to show his feelings.
(d) The lover reveals his lack of respect for the other.

12. In Dark Glasses/To Hide, what main subject does the author address?
(a) The lover derides the other's secretiveness.
(b) The lover wonders to what degree he should conceal the turbulence of his passions.
(c) The lover wonders whether he should declare his love.
(d) The lover disguises his distrust of the other.

13. What is the duration of a discourse on love?
(a) One year.
(b) Five months.
(c) It is interminable.
(d) A decade or more.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the section titled "I want to understand," what is the subject trying to understand?

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

3. The section entitled "Catastrophe" refers to two systems of despair. What are they?

4. The lover compares his gaze on the other's body to which of the following things?

5. What does the "scenography of waiting" refer to?

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