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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What effect does the other's atopia have on language?
(a) It makes the lover take refuge in falsehoods.
(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 does not have any effect on language.

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

3. "The Other's Body" divides the other's body into two parts: what are they?
(a) The imagined body and the actual body.
(b) The body proper such as the skin, eyes, and the voice.
(c) The emotional and the physical.
(d) Flesh and spirit.

4. 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 lover reveals his lack of respect for the other.
(d) The other must know that the lover does not want to show his feelings.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the lover seek to "read" on the other's body?

2. Which of the following is a definition of the word "laetitia," as presented in the section by that name?

3. In "Agony," what forms does the feeling discussed by the author take?

4. When does this desire affect the subject?

5. "Intractable/Affirmation" discusses which of the following themes?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Connivance, what position does the other (the object of desire) occupy in the lover's conversation with his rival?

2. Discuss the example of Werther's love for Charlotte that the author uses to explain annulment in To Love Love/Annulment.

3. In "All the delights of the earth"/Fulfillment, what does the author mean when he says that fulfillments are not spoken?

4. In Waiting, how is "the scenography of waiting" structured?

5. Describe the effect that the lover hope to achieve by adopting ascetic behavior.

6. In Agony/Anxiety, why does the author compare the lover to a psychotic who fears a breakdown?

7. In the section called The Tip of the Nose/Alteration, the author uses a scene between Werther and Charlotte from the novel Werther to represent the lover's change in attitude toward the loved one. What happens in this scene and what does it demonstrate?

8. In Laetitia/To Circumscribe, what are two pleasures the narrator dreams of, and which one does he aspire to.

9. Discuss the function of the dark glasses in Dark Glasses/To Hide.

10. Describe the lover's predicament with regard to understanding love in "I want to understand."

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