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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 narrator's definition of the image in the section Images?

2. In "Dedication," the author presents an internal dialogue that accompanies which of the following acts?

3. What is the preferred response to the utterance "I love you?"

4. In Love's Obscenity/Obscene, what is the author's first example of obscenity?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In the section I Love You, what happens to the amorous subject when he finally here's the words "I love you" returned to him? Cite a couple examples.

6. In The Dedication, how does the act of giving follow "the family model"?

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

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

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

10. What object does the lover compare himself to in This can't go on/Unbearable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Induction (pg. 136), how does the author describe the process whereby we come to love another?

- Define the term "induction."

- How does induction work in the novel Werther?

- Describe the process of induction in culture: from where do we receive images of what is desirable?

- Can you conclude from this section that love is original?

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