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

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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 procedure by which the confession came to be constituted in scientific terms?
(a) The need of interpretation.
(b) Moral exhortation.
(c) Medicalization of the effects of confession.
(d) Clinical codification.

2. What is the relationship between pleasure and power?
(a) They turn against each other.
(b) They are polarized.
(c) They cancel each other out.
(d) They seek out, overlap, and reinforce one another.

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

4. What does Foucault say happened when there was the apparent "silencing" of sex in discourse?
(a) There was a marked increase in sexual predation and violence.
(b) There was a discursive explosion of institutionalized sexual discourse.
(c) Attendance at religious institutions spiked.
(d) People became less informed and were more easily subjugated.

5. What reason does Foucault give for modern society being perverse?
(a) It was created by the imbalance of power mechanisms and sexuality.
(b) It is from a backlash provoked by hypocrisy.
(c) It is in fact, directly, perverse.
(d) It is the result of erecting too large a barrier against sexuality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foucault NOT say was true about the science of sexuality before Freud?

2. Which of the following did NOT happen to the nature of the confession?

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

4. In what areas of our lives does Foucault say confession in integral in the west?

5. What does Foucault NOT say about western society?

(see the answer key)

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