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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) Medicine.
(b) Criminal justice.
(c) Monarchy.
(d) Pedagogy.

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

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

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

5. What was the focus of the codes of sexual conduct up to the end of the eighteenth century?
(a) Children.
(b) Married couples.
(c) Extra-marital sex.
(d) Perversions.

6. Which of the following is NOT a mode of power that Foucault recognizes as being integral to sexuality in the nineteenth century?
(a) Classification of perversions.
(b) Medicalization of the sexually peculiar.
(c) Prohibition.
(d) Analysis of sexuality.

7. Which of the following would Foucault NOT agree was a result of sexual discourse?
(a) A norm of sexual development was defined.
(b) Sexual irregularity was annexed to mental illness.
(c) Legal sanctions against minor perversions were multiplied.
(d) The fact of speaking about sex became more important than the moral imperatives imposed.

8. 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) They operated in similar fashions.
(c) The information generated by one would cause advances in the other.
(d) Their theories were looked at with skepticism by the general public.

9. What can be said about the discourse on sex Foucault sets forth?
(a) It is constrained to the educated and powerful population.
(b) It is an attempt to purge unwanted desires.
(c) It is a multiplicity of discourses produced by a many mechanisms and institutions.
(d) It is symptomatic of repression.

10. Which of the following statements would Foucault NOT agree with?
(a) The inner discourse of schools assumed the very present and active sexuality of children.
(b) In the eighteenth century the sex of the schoolboy became a public problem.
(c) Even the architectural layout of schools acknowleged sex was a constant preoccupation.
(d) School systems were unprepared for sexually precocious school aged children.

11. Which of the following was NOT one of the three major explicit codes that governed sexual practices up to the end of the eighteenth century?
(a) Canonical law.
(b) Christian pastoral.
(c) Cultural tradition.
(d) Civil law.

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

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

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

15. Which of the following can NOT be said of the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?
(a) It entailed examination and insistent observation.
(b) It required an intimate exchange of discourse.
(c) It presupposed proximity.
(d) It was an analytical practice devoid of pleasure.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Foucault define as one of the most valued techniques of the West for producing truth?

3. What does Foucault say about the repressive hypothesis?

4. Per Foucault, what happened the "will to knowledge" about sexuality under the taboo of sexuality?

5. What can be said of the power mechanism(s) involved in the labeling of disparate sexualities?

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