The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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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. Which of the many great innovations in the techniques of power in the eighteenth century was inextricably interwoven with the discourse on sex?
(a) The emergence of population as an economic and political problem.
(b) Serfdom.
(c) The partnership between church and state.
(d) The concentration of wealth and education.

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

3. What explanation does Foucault say is historically applied to the evolution of sexuality after the fact?
(a) It is repressed because it is incompatible with a general and intensive work imperative.
(b) That it was an effect of the changing values of the industrial age.
(c) That it was necessary to maintain public health.
(d) That it came with a blossoming of religious insight.

4. According to Foucault, what has happened to our "will to knowledge" regarding sexuality?
(a) It has created an understanding of our perversions.
(b) It has created a science of sexuality.
(c) It came to a halt in the face of taboo.
(d) It has shown us the path to liberation.

5. What does Foucault NOT say about western society?
(a) It denounces the powers it exercises.
(b) It speaks verbosely of its own silence.
(c) It promises to liberate itself from the laws that have made it function.
(d) It is on the brink of a sexual revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is NOT a center that Foucault recognizes as having produced discourses on sex in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

2. What is the connection Foucault makes between the author of "My Secret Life" and the peasant Jouy?

3. What did the author of "My Secret Life" write about?

4. What does Foucault define as the popularly held belief about sexuality over the last two centuries?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the doubts Foucault expresses against the "repressive hypothesis?"

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