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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator do to escape the perception of "disreality?'
(a) Drinks more coffee.
(b) Takes a walk in nature.
(c) Visits a therapist to discuss the crisis.
(d) Tries to participate in banal conversations and discourse.

2. Which one of the following authors does Barthes cite in this section on the demonic life of a lover?
(a) Goethe.
(b) Proust.
(c) Freud.
(d) Nietzsche.

3. In Blue Coat and Yellow Vest/habiliment, what specifically does the "blue coat and yellow vest" refer to?
(a) To the costume of travelers.
(b) To the narrator's favorite outfit.
(c) To clothing worn by the character Werther.
(d) To clothing worn by the other that becomes a fetish object.

4. In Love's Obscenity/Obscene, what gets characterized as obscene in contemporary society?
(a) Rationality.
(b) Greed.
(c) Sentimentality.
(d) Sexuality.

5. Which of the following best describes the lover's state in "We are our own demons?"
(a) Possessed by inner demons.
(b) Indulging in many temptations.
(c) Triumphant over his inner demons
(d) Tired of life and its demons.

6. In Exiled from the Image-repertoire/Exile, the idea of exile can be associated with which of the following things?
(a) Leaving behind old images of the self.
(b) Mourning the death on a loved one.
(c) Leaving one's country of birth.
(d) Amorous mourning; abandoning the image of the other.

7. What does that composer claim regarding tears?
(a) Poetry is more eloquent than tears.
(b) Never let your lover see you cry.
(c) One tear will say more than words.
(d) Tears are for the weak and unmanly.

8. What is the best form in which to tell the story of love?
(a) The novel.
(b) Personal letters.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Ancient, declamatory drama.

9. What does the lover acknowledge in This can't go on/Unbearable?
(a) The end of desire.
(b) The sacrifices the other has made.
(c) The Unbearable.
(d) The Unknowable.

10. The Unknowable describes which of the following situations?
(a) The lover realizes that the loved being is unknowable.
(b) The past is unknowable.
(c) The meaning of love is unknowable.
(d) The lover will never know how to achieve happiness.

11. "I am crazy"/Mad, what does the lover realize in his madness?
(a) "I" is an other.
(b) I am not someone else.
(c) The other is mad as well.
(d) Madness is an illness.

12. To whom does the following quote belong,"I therefore have decked myself out in finery so that I might be in the company of a fine young man?"
(a) Gradiva.
(b) Proust.
(c) Goethe.
(d) Socrates.

13. Match the term "loquela" with the correct phrase.
(a) "I know that you know that I know."
(b) "I keep swallowing and regurgitating my wound."
(c) "I fall in love again and again."
(d) "I doom myself to blackmail."

14. In the section called Fade-out, where does the other's fade-out reside?
(a) In the lover's memory.
(b) In the lover's silence.
(c) In the other's appearance.
(d) In the other's voice.

15. How is the sensibility of the amorous subject described in the section entitled "Flayed?"
(a) Detached.
(b) Prone to negativity.
(c) Vulnerable and sensitive to ridicule.
(d) Aggressive.

Short Answer Questions

1. In The Love Letter, what single piece of information is presented with variation?

2. Where does the name Gradiva derive from?

3. Why is the lover attached to the object?

4. Which relationship dynamic does the section of the text entitled "Domnei" or "dependency" describe?

5. In "I am odious"/Monstrous, what does the lover refer to when he says, "I am odious?"

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