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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 4, Chapter 4, Periodization.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Foucault, which of the following is NOT one of the ways we view sex?
(a) As something obscure that needs to be investigated and understood.
(b) As something with influence over every aspect of our lives.
(c) As something not to be taken into account.
(d) As having been repressed for centuries.

2. What does Foucault say we need to do in order to understand the relationship between sexuality and power?
(a) Cease to conceive of power as law, prohibition, liberty, and sovereignty.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Rid ourselves of a juridical and negative representation of power.
(d) Acknowledge a technology of sex.

3. What can be said about the family unit and educational institutes in the nineteenth century?
(a) Pleasure was derived solely by the trangression of rules.
(b) They repressed and extinguished sexuality in children.
(c) They were a complicated network of power structures and mobile sexualities.
(d) They had a polarization of pleasure and power.

4. 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) Extinguish words that rendered sex too present.
(b) Control sex's free circulation in speech.
(c) Expunge sex from things that were said
(d) The creation of religious edicts against explicit references to sex.

5. What is the theory of "degenerescence?"
(a) The belief propogated that without medical help, sexual maladies will worsen until they consume the subject.
(b) Without control of social institutions the population will slowly rid itself of sexual rules.
(c) Repression of sexuality degenerates with each generation.
(d) A heredity with maladies ended by producing a sexual pervert.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foucault mean when he refers to "power?"

2. What does Foucault say was true about the discourse on sex by scholars and theoreticians until Freud?

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

4. What is Foucault NOT claiming to search for instances of?

5. What does Foucault say about the juridico-discursive form of power?

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