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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. Which of the following topics describes the theme of "The Absent One/Absence?"
(a) The role of absence in film narratives.
(b) A process whereby the lover's absence is transformed into an abandonment.
(c) The inner motivations for leaving a relationship.
(d) The lover's lack of concern for the absent love object.

2. 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 slightly decayed nose of a disinterred corpse.
(c) A figure in a Flemish painting.
(d) The nose of a German poet.

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

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

5. In the section entitled "Waiting," which of the following processes is described?
(a) An increasing apathy regarding the other's absence.
(b) Making lists of the other's faults while waiting for him.
(c) A growing fear of the death of the beloved during his absence.
(d) A growing anxiety and loss of all sense of proportion while waiting for the other.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The lover associates atopia in the other with which of the following qualities?

3. How does the lover feel about himself when confronted with the other's atopia?

4. "The Other's Body" divides the other's body into two parts: what are they?

5. The term "atopos" is associated with which of the following figures?

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. What is the ascetic process that the lover goes through in the section entitled To Be Ascetic/Askesis?

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

4. 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?

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

6. In "I have an Other-ache"/Compassion, in relation to the other's suffering, the lover sees himself as a Mother, but an insufficient one-why?

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

8. In "Adorable!," the author notes how the lover sees the other as a Whole; what does he mean?

9. How does Catastrophe discuss the "amorous catastrophe" experienced by the lover?

10. In "Tutti Sistemati"/Pigeonholed, how does the lover perceive the system inhabited by others?

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