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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. Which of the following phrases describes the informer in the section called The Informer?

2. Which of the following best describes the lover's state in "We are our own demons?"

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. What is the best form in which to tell the story of love?

5. In "I am odious"/Monstrous, what does the lover refer to when he says, "I am odious?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the lover's struggle with demons in "We are our own demons"/Demons.

2. Briefly describe the process of induction in the figure "Show me whom to desire"/Induction.

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

4. List some of the scenarios described by the narrator to illustrate the sense of disreality in The World Thunderstruck/Disreality.

5. Describe the functioning of the loquela in the section entitled The Loquela.

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

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

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

9. Describe the type of jealousy displayed by Werther in the figure Jealousy.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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)

Essay Topic 2

On the first page of the book, the author claims that the lover's discourse functions as an affirmation. He discusses this affirmation again in Affirmation (pg. 22), Alone (p. 210) and Signs (p. 214).

- What is the status of love and of the lover's discourse in society?

- What is it defining itself against and why? Is it excluded? How?

- Why is love classified as "intractable"?

Essay Topic 3

In the short paragraph that precedes the author's discussion of figures, he writes that "the lover is not to be reduced to a single symptomal subject."

- Explain what the author means when he says that the lover is not just a single individual.

- Why does the author choose to write with the first person pronoun ("I") and what does it show or signify?

- How does the lover speak and for whom is the discourse intended?

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