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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the author, who carries out the "discourse of absence" historically?
(a) The Man.
(b) The mother.
(c) The father.
(d) The Woman.

3. When the narrator states that "the other whom I love...is atopos," what does he mean?
(a) The other is unique.
(b) The other is unobtainable.
(c) The other is unfaithful.
(d) The other is a stereotype.

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

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

6. In "The Tip of the Nose/Alteration," what does "the tip of the nose" refer to?
(a) A photograph of the author's mother.
(b) The nose of a German poet.
(c) A figure in a Flemish painting.
(d) The slightly decayed nose of a disinterred corpse.

7. What are the advantages of the act of annulment?
(a) The lover retreats into the idea of love when threatened by injury or jealousy.
(b) The lover can seek out a new love interest.
(c) The lover is never without the attentions of the beloved.
(d) The lover can take on a new identity.

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

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

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

11. Which of the following phrases is an example of tautology, as presented by the author?
(a) I adore you because you are fascinating.
(b) The adorable is what is impossible.
(c) I love you because you are absent.
(d) The adorable is what is adorable.

12. The lover compares his gaze on the other's body to which of the following things?
(a) To a scientist looking through a microscope.
(b) To children who disassemble a clock to see what time is.
(c) To a prisoner looking out the window.
(d) To someone reading a newspaper.

13. How does the lover see the other once he has established the other's atopia?
(a) As unobtainable.
(b) As the perfect lover.
(c) As needing his protection.
(d) As an imperfect lover.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In "To Be Ascetic," how does the narrator's asceticism take shape?

2. In the section on agony, to what does the narrator compare the steady progress of the emotional state he experiences?

3. In the same section, what does the narrator refer to when he says: "I am an amputee who still feels pain in his missing leg?"

4. According to the author, how does the world frequently characterize love incorrectly?

5. In "Catastrophe," what causes the lover's panic?

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