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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. What is the duration of a discourse on love?

2. What happens when one speaks of love in the objective?

3. In the section called "Talking," how does the lover's discourse change when the amorous subject speaks about love?

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

5. In this same section, the author invokes a scene involving a letter. Which of the following describes this scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"I love you" is a peculiar phrase because, as the author states in I-Love-You (pg. 147), it is the metaphor of nothing else: it only has meaning at the moment it is uttered. Analyze the author's argument in this section.

- How does he describe the utterance in linguistic terms, i.e. how does it fit into language?

- What are the various responses to this utterance, both acceptable and unacceptable to the lover's ears?

- How is I-love-you an "active force," and against what?

Essay Topic 2

In I-Love-You, the author claims that this utterance is on the side of expenditure (pg. 154.) Likewise, he sees the lover as a figure of expenditure (Expenditure, pg. 84.)

- Define the word "expenditure."

- Discuss I-Love-You and the lover's relation to expenditure.

- What is the result of excessive expenditure for the lover?

Essay Topic 3

The other's absence is an important theme in the text. It surfaces in figures such as Absence, Anxiety, and Waiting. Discuss how the lover defines himself through absence:

- What does it mean that amorous absence functions in a single direction? (Absence, pg. 13)

- Who carries out the discourse of absence historically and what does this mean for the lover?

- What position does the other occupy in this dynamic?

- How does the other's absence affect the lover? (Anxiety, pg. 29)

- In what way is the absent other associated with truth? (Waiting, pg. 37)

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