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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. In the section entitled, "I am engulfed, I succumb," the author discusses which of the following desires?

2. What message does the lover hope to send through his asceticism?

3. The other title of Tutti Sistemati," "pigeonholed," is associated with which of the following desires?

4. In the section on absence, to what early experience does the author link the subject's feelings about the absent lover?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. In The Absent One/Absence, how does the lover interpret the other's absence?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In this essay, you will discuss the nature of ravishment as outlined in the text, showing how the modern form draws from and transforms early myths of the ravisher.

1) Contrast the ancient myth of the ravisher with the modern concept of ravishment. How does the object of rape become the subject of love?

2) Discuss the nature of the lover's ravishment. How is it described in the text? What state precedes this ravishment and why?

3) What does the element of surprise have to do with ravishment, in both early and modern versions?

4) What is the eventual conclusion to this state?

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