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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the lover come to perceive the contingencies that affect him?

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

3. According to the author, who carries out the "discourse of absence" historically?

4. What is the question that worries the lover with regard to the heart?

5. To whom is the narrator's asceticism addressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In The Heart, how does the author compare the heart to other attributes such as wit?

2. In Atopos, how does the lover associate the other with innocence?

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

4. What is the lover's attitude towards choice in "What is to be done?"/Behavior?

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

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

7. Briefly describe the lover's sense of engulfment in the section "I am engulfed, I succumb..."/To Be Engulfed.

8. How does the mother-child relationship relate to the lover's feelings about the other's absence?

9. In Atopos, how does the lover see himself in relation to the other?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea of the figure that Roland Barthes outlines in the beginning of the book.

- What is a figure, according to his definition?

- Why did he choose this structure for the text?

- How do figures function, generally, and in the context of the lover's discourse?

Essay Topic 2

Continuing with the theme of language, discuss the myth that love can be "sublimated in aesthetic creation" in "To Write" (pg. 97.)

- Outline the two myths (Socratic and romantic), that the author mentions.

- Discuss the examples of the failure of amorous creation such as Werther's drawing and the haiku. Why do these attempts fail?

- What obstructs amorous writing? What does the author mean when he says that language is both "too much" and "too little?"

Essay Topic 3

In Askesis and Dark Glasses/To Hide, the lover's suffering becomes performative. He performs acts that point to his amorous state for the benefit of the other.

- How does the lover perform his suffering? What are the activities, rituals, or behaviors he adopts?

- What are the goals of these actions?

- Can the lover control the outcome, or effect, of these behaviors?

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