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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which is NOT a center that Foucault recognizes as having produced discourses on sex in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Criminal justice.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Pedagogy.
(d) Monarchy.

2. Toward the beginning of the eighteenth century, in which of the following areas was there NOT an incitement to talk about sex?
(a) Economic.
(b) Domestic.
(c) Technical.
(d) Political.

3. What does Foucault refer to as the triple edict of puritanism?
(a) Taboo, nonexistance, and silence.
(b) Condemnation, ridicule, and rejection.
(c) Tolerance, modification, and acceptance.
(d) Shame, repentance, and redemption.

4. In what areas of our lives does Foucault say confession in integral in the west?
(a) Justice and solem rites.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Family and love relationships.

5. What does Foucault say is the "speaker's benefit?"
(a) Speaking is a form of cleansing and purging.
(b) Speaking about something taboo is a transgression that gives the speaker a sense of power.
(c) Speaking is an effective way to repression.
(d) Speaking gives the illusion of experience and knowledge.

6. What does Foucault say that the science of sex achieved in the nineteenth century?
(a) The study of sex in a detached manner.
(b) The direct confrontation of a social taboo.
(c) The obscuration of truth about sex.
(d) Laying the groundwork for a meticulous scientific course of study.

7. Which is the form Foucault uses to define the relationship between power and pleasure?
(a) Spiral.
(b) Unidirectional.
(c) Mobile and nebulous.
(d) Oppositional.

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

9. What does Foucault say was true about sexuality at the beginning of the seventeenth century?
(a) There were high consequences for any deviation from the socially accepted mores of the era.
(b) All forms of sexuality were highly condemed by the church.
(c) There was little secrecy, and openness and frankness about the illicit were common.
(d) It was considered by all to be the ethical and moral challenge of the age.

10. 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 concentration of wealth and education.
(b) Serfdom.
(c) The partnership between church and state.
(d) The emergence of population as an economic and political problem.

11. Which of the following is NOT listed as one of the accepted ways to free oneself from the effects of sexual repression?
(a) Irruption of speech.
(b) Lifting of prohibitions.
(c) Transgressing laws.
(d) Abstinence.

12. What happened to the penal and legal codes relating to sexual offenses in the nineteenth century?
(a) The severity of the codes diminished greatly and often deferred to medicine.
(b) The codes transferred from a religious base requiring exorcism to a legal base requiring reform.
(c) The codes were recognized by the church as a great moral necessity.
(d) The effectiveness of the codes was considered the battleground against vice and evil.

13. What effect did the classification of perversions have?
(a) It gave the practices an analytical, visible, and permanent reality.
(b) It suppressed the practices almost into nonexistence.
(c) It caused more of the population to confess their unpopular desires.
(d) It created a system by which doctors were succesful at treating people with undesireable sexual habits.

14. Why is the author of "My Secret Life" an interesting example in Foucault's argument?
(a) Because he represented the negative effects of repression.
(b) Because he was part of the institutionalization of sexual discourse.
(c) Because he was a window into the popular social norms of the time.
(d) Because he was turning sex into discourse for his own pleasure.

15. What does "incomplete" sexual practices refer to?
(a) Sexual practices that don't include one member of each gender.
(b) Any sexual practice not condoned by law.
(c) Sexual activities outside matrimony.
(d) Any sexual practice that couldn't result in procreation.

Short Answer Questions

1. The medical examination, the psychiatric investigation, the pedagogical report, and family controls can be said to be characterized by which of the following?

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

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

4. What were the two places of tolerance to arise as a result of the confinement of sexuality?

5. What is the "discursive fact?"

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