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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 Orange/Irksome, an episode involving oranges from the novel Werther is used to describe which of the following feelings?

2. Which one of the following authors does Barthes cite in this section on the demonic life of a lover?

3. In "Novel/Drama," which of the following is true about the writing of the amorous subject's love story?

4. How does the informer wound the subject?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the section Fade-Out connect the loved beings withdrawal with the Mother?

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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?

7. Briefly state what Werther writes in his letter to Charlotte and what it signifies in The Love Letter/Letter.

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

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

10. In Love's Languor/Languor, how is the Satyr contrasted with languor?

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

The lover would like to surround the other and their love in a cocoon of intimacy that is uniquely theirs. Yet, repeatedly the lover is reminded through images, interactions, or through language, that the other also belongs to the world. Discuss this dynamic in several of the figures, for example, Alteration (pg. 25), The Orange/Irksome (pg. 110), and Tenderness (pg. 224.) Does the lover's image of the other shift as a result?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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