A Lover's Discourse: Fragments Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Select the outcome(s) with which the section Ideas of Solution/Outcomes is concerned.

2. How does the informer wound the subject?

3. In Clouds, why is Herr Schmidt upset?

4. What causes the particular feeling, experienced by the character Werther, in the episode involving oranges?

5. What does that composer claim regarding tears?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of scenes does the lover image in Ideas of Solution/Outcomes?

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

3. In Domnei/Dependency, what does the lover mean when he says: "I am twice subject?"

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

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

6. Describe the scenario in At Fault/Faults between the lover and the loved one at the train station.

7. Describe the lover's process of identification, as seen in the character Werther, in the section entitled Identifications.

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

9. 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.

10. The Unknowable has to do with the lover's ability, or lack thereof, to know the other: what conclusion does the lover come to in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The lover goes through a process of identification in Habiliment (pg. 126) and Identification (pg. 129.) This identification structures the lover's view of himself in the love relationship, both through his view of the beloved and of other lovers.

- Describe how the lover identifies with the other. How does his identification present itself?

- How is clothing involved in this process?

- In Identifications (pg. 129), what shape does the lover's identification take? With whom does he identify and why?

- How was this process of identification shown historically?

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