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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2 , Chapter 1, The Incitement to Discourse.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Toward the beginning of the eighteenth century, in which of the following areas was there NOT an incitement to talk about sex?
(a) Domestic.
(b) Political.
(c) Economic.
(d) Technical.

2. What does Foucault say about the repressive hypothesis?
(a) That it is part of a general discourse on sex since the seventeenth century.
(b) That is was created as a way to centralize power.
(c) It explains the shame many still associate with a sexual existance.
(d) That it is a function of our over analytical society.

3. Which of the following does Foucault NOT say was necessary to subjugate sex at the level of language after the beginning of the 17th century?
(a) Expunge sex from things that were said
(b) The creation of religious edicts against explicit references to sex.
(c) Extinguish words that rendered sex too present.
(d) Control sex's free circulation in speech.

4. What is the "repressive hypothesis?"
(a) The theory that the more you try to prohibit something the more it self propagates.
(b) The theory that discussion of repressed emotions is the best way to experience freedom from them.
(c) The historical theory that sexuality was repressed and we are still trying to overcome it.
(d) The historical theory that religious institutions controlled masses by assigning shame to sexuality.

5. What factor supported and relayed the discourse on sex to become an essential component of society?
(a) Sensibility to new sexual boundaries.
(b) A new mentality.
(c) Public interest power mechanisms.
(d) A collective curiosity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What need was embedded in the incitement to discourse on sex in the beginning of the eighteenth century?

2. Why is the author of "My Secret Life" an interesting example in Foucault's argument?

3. What best describes the incitement to discourse?

4. Which of the following is NOT true, according to Foucault, about the treatment of sex in the beginning of the eighteenth century?

5. What does Foucault say distinguishes the last three centuries?

(see the answer key)

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