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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. In "Dedication," what effect can writing, as a form of amorous dedication, have on the other?
(a) It can leave the other cold.
(b) It can inspire tenderness.
(c) It can smother the other.
(d) It can make the other vain.

2. Which of the following characterizes the figure "night" in the section "And the night illuminated the night"/Night?
(a) Total ignorance of the other.
(b) The lover's favorite time of day.
(c) Metaphors of darkness that describe interior states of the lover.
(d) A sense of helplessness.

3. Which author does the quotation "And the night illuminated the night" come from?
(a) Freud.
(b) John of the Cross.
(c) Goethe.
(d) Plato.

4. What do the clouds symbolize in the section by the same name?
(a) The lover's loss of hope.
(b) The other's silence.
(c) A sense of danger.
(d) The lover's darkening mood.

5. In Jealousy, what does Werther's jealousy derive from, according to the author?
(a) From lack of knowledge.
(b) From thoughts.
(c) From insecurity.
(d) From images.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does the "ghost ship," in the section entitled The Ghost Ship/Errantry refer?

2. In "Exuberance," which two literary characters does the author compare to discuss the "economy of pure expenditure" in love?

3. In the same section, the author notes that to write about love is to "confront the muck of language"; which of the following describes this problem?

4. Why is the lover attached to the object?

5. Where does the name Gradiva derive from?

Short Essay Questions

1. "I am crazy"/Mad: How is the lover's madness metaphorical?

2. Describe the lover's process of identification, as seen in the character Werther, in the section entitled Identifications.

3. Briefly state what Werther writes in his letter to Charlotte and what it signifies in The Love Letter/Letter.

4. Exuberance/Expenditure: Discuss the contrast the author makes between the characters Werther and Albert.

5. How does the section Fade-Out connect the loved beings withdrawal with the Mother?

6. In The Ghost Ship/Errantry, why is the lover doomed to wander?

7. In Inexpressible Love/To Write, what does the narrator suggest when he says "I cannot write myself"?

8. Describe the relation between the informer, the lover, and the loved being in The Informer.

9. What kind of scenes does the lover image in Ideas of Solution/Outcomes?

10. In Images, what is the lover's relationship to visual images he sees?

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