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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 3, Scientia Sexualis.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a mode of power that Foucault recognizes as being integral to sexuality in the nineteenth century?
(a) Prohibition.
(b) Classification of perversions.
(c) Analysis of sexuality.
(d) Medicalization of the sexually peculiar.

2. What best describes the incitement to discourse?
(a) Rebellious and necessary.
(b) Religious and cleansing.
(c) Regulated and polymorphous.
(d) Fundamental and natural.

3. Which of the following is NOT true, according to Foucault, about the treatment of sex in the beginning of the eighteenth century?
(a) It was almost never spoken of by the educated and moral classes.
(b) It had to be taken charge of by analytical discourse.
(c) It was not to be simply condemned, but managed.
(d) It had to be inserted to systems of utility and regulated for the greater good.

4. What is scientia sexualis?
(a) The science of mastering the act of sexual pleasure.
(b) The study of aberrations, perversions, and other forms of alternate sexualities.
(c) The biological science of reproduction.
(d) Procedures for telling the truth about sex which are adapted from confession.

5. What can be said about the discourse on sex Foucault sets forth?
(a) It is a multiplicity of discourses produced by a many mechanisms and institutions.
(b) It is symptomatic of repression.
(c) It is constrained to the educated and powerful population.
(d) It is an attempt to purge unwanted desires.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foucault say sex serves as support for in our modern age?

2. Which of the following is NOT a statement that Foucault makes?

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

4. What is the relationship between pleasure and power?

5. What does Foucault say happened when there was the apparent "silencing" of sex in discourse?

(see the answer key)

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