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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Foucault define as one of the most valued techniques of the West for producing truth?
(a) Scientia sexualis.
(b) The confession.
(c) Publication.
(d) Doubt.

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

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

5. What does Foucault NOT say is our perceived notion of confession?
(a) It is a power that constrains us.
(b) Constraint and power reduce one to silence.
(c) Truths demands to surface unless held down.
(d) Confession frees,

6. What does Foucault mean by "we other Victorians?"
(a) We are on the brink of the biggest change in sexuality since the Victorian era.
(b) We are unable to willfully escape the supposed historical repression of sexuality.
(c) We are continuing the progress of liberation from repression started by the Victorians.
(d) We are trying to restore sexuality as it was during the Victorian era.

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

8. Which of the following is NOT one of the doubts Foucault expresses against the "repressive hypothesis?"
(a) Is sexual repression undone by discourse?
(b) Is the analysis of the repression of sexuality a component of the repression itself?
(c) Is sexual repression a historical fact?
(d) Does the repression of sexuality lead to a concentration of power?

9. What does Foucault say is possible, regarding our society, where sex is concerned?
(a) It is the most long-winded and impatient of societies.
(b) It is the most repressed.
(c) It is the most tolerant of sexual perversions.
(d) It is the best informed.

10. What is the connection Foucault makes between the author of "My Secret Life" and the peasant Jouy?
(a) They were both anomalies to science.
(b) Sex became something to say and to exhaustively put into words.
(c) They were both struggling against power mechanisms out of their domain.
(d) Their actions were symptomatic of repression.

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

12. What are the two great procedures for producing the truth about sex?
(a) The erotic arts and science of sexuality.
(b) Psychoanalysis and biology.
(c) Ars erotica and medicalization.
(d) Scientia sexualis and biology.

13. Which of the following did NOT happen to the nature of the confession?
(a) Imposed meticulous rules of self examination.
(b) Sexual details became central to complete the confession and receive penance.
(c) It became more vague about any actual sexual act.
(d) Became broad in nature to encompass thoughts, desires, and imaginings.

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

15. What does Foucault say distinguishes the last three centuries?
(a) A general prudishness of language.
(b) The wide dispersion of devices and institutions that were invented for speaking about sex.
(c) Massive censorship.
(d) A uniform concern to hide sex.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foucault say are the components of the regime that sustains discourse on sexuality?

2. Per Foucault, what was the affect of power exercised over sex?

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

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

5. Which of the following is NOT one of Foucault's statements regarding the discourses around sexuality of children?

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