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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Foucault say about the parallel sciences of the biology of reproduction and the medicine of sex in the nineteenth century?
(a) There was no exchange between the two.
(b) Their theories were looked at with skepticism by the general public.
(c) They operated in similar fashions.
(d) The information generated by one would cause advances in the other.

2. Which public institution undertook to classify and manage all forms of "incomplete" sexual practices?
(a) The law.
(b) The government.
(c) The church.
(d) Medicine.

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

4. What does Foucault say are joined in confession in the West?
(a) Sex and morality.
(b) Truth and sex.
(c) Secrets and shame.
(d) Religion and sex.

5. What is the central question Foucault wishes to address?
(a) Why do we say that we are repressed?
(b) How did we come to be repressed?
(c) What is the path out of repression?
(d) Why are we still repressed?

6. What does Foucault define as the popularly held belief about sexuality over the last two centuries?
(a) It has been a chronicle of increasing repression.
(b) It has moved from the immoral to the moral.
(c) Sexuality has thrived in predefined relationships.
(d) It has become more healthy and balanced.

7. What element of the confession has opened the pathway to explore existing domains?
(a) The reconstruction of all individual pleasures.
(b) Saying what was done.
(c) Saying how the act being confessed was done.
(d) Having moral impetus to truthfulness.

8. 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) Laying the groundwork for a meticulous scientific course of study.
(d) The obscuration of truth about sex.

9. What is Foucault NOT claiming to search for instances of?
(a) Production of power.
(b) Liberation from repression.
(c) Propagation of knowledge.
(d) Instances of discursive production.

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

11. What does Foucault NOT say about western society?
(a) It denounces the powers it exercises.
(b) It speaks verbosely of its own silence.
(c) It promises to liberate itself from the laws that have made it function.
(d) It is on the brink of a sexual revolution.

12. The innate power structure of the confession leads to which of the following?
(a) It's truth is not guaranteed by authority figures, but by the speaker.
(b) Truth takes effect not on the receiver, but on the one from whom it comes.
(c) The sexual discourse comes from below in the power structure.
(d) All of the above.

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

14. Which of the following best describes the levels of sexual discourse in the nineteenth century according to Foucault?
(a) There was so little available discourse that much of the budding science was based on hypothesis and conjecture rather than experience or evidence.
(b) Discourse had to be found in the hidden nooks and crannies it existed in.
(c) There was just enough to feed the developing science.
(d) There was so much that the newly formed science of sex couldn't cope with it.

15. What does Foucault NOT say was true about the science of sexuality before Freud?
(a) It was devoted to strictly pursuing truth.
(b) It wasn't very rational or scientific.
(c) It stirred up people's fears about the consequences of sexualities.
(d) It concerned itself primarily with aberrations and perversions.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following can NOT be said of the population's sexual conduct in the eighteenth century?

2. What modification happened to sexual discourse during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

3. What is the most effective derivation of power in regards to sexuality?

4. What does Foucault say about the repressive hypothesis?

5. What does Foucault say is the "speaker's benefit?"

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