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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Chapter 2, The Perverse Implantation.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Per Foucault, what was the affect of power exercised over sex?
(a) It confined sexuality to the home between married couples.
(b) It subjugated the lower classes.
(c) It caused an increase in religious ferver.
(d) It created polymorphous sexualities.

2. What would Foucault agree with about modern industrial society?
(a) Never has a society been more prudish.
(b) It witnessed a visible explosion of unorthodox sexualities.
(c) It ushered in an age of increased sexual repression.
(d) It has created an imbalanced polarization of pleasure and power.

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

4. What does Foucault say about people of disparate sexualities from the end of the eighteenth century on?
(a) They were perceived as the natural consequence to repression.
(b) Their neuroses were considered to be contagious, so they were shunned from society.
(c) They were always considered criminals and sent to prisons or labor camps.
(d) They were perceived as scandalous, dangerous victims of disease.

5. In the classification of perversions, what was believed about the peripheral sexualities?
(a) They were treatable temporary illnesses.
(b) The perverted act becomes the person; the person does not demonstrate a habit but their essential nature.
(c) They were caused by possession and were manifestations of evil.
(d) They were part of of the essential nature of humans that had to be constantly controlled.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is true about the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?

2. Which of the following is NOT true, according to Foucault, about children's sex in the eighteenth century?

3. Which of the many great innovations in the techniques of power in the eighteenth century was inextricably interwoven with the discourse on sex?

4. What can be said about the family unit and educational institutes in the nineteenth century?

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

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