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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Per Foucault, what happened the "will to knowledge" about sexuality under the taboo of sexuality?
(a) It was nearly extinguished by imposed silence.
(b) It led to the creation of the science of sexuality.
(c) It was driven underground and become occult.
(d) It became the domain of the upper classes and those in power.

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

6. What does Foucault say about people of disparate sexualities from the end of the eighteenth century on?
(a) Their neuroses were considered to be contagious, so they were shunned from society.
(b) They were always considered criminals and sent to prisons or labor camps.
(c) They were perceived as the natural consequence to repression.
(d) They were perceived as scandalous, dangerous victims of disease.

7. 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.

8. What does Foucault say was true about the discourse on sex by scholars and theoreticians until Freud?
(a) It was ineffective at causing change.
(b) It never ceased to hide the thing it was talking about.
(c) It was unaccepted by the general population.
(d) It was closely tied to the ends needed by governmental needs.

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

10. Which of the following is true about the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?
(a) There was a sensualization of power.
(b) All alternate sexualities were looked at as having the same root.
(c) It recognized alternate sexualities as part of the essential nature of the person.
(d) It was distinctly unpleasant to those receiving treatment.

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

12. What explanation does Foucault say is historically applied to the evolution of sexuality after the fact?
(a) That it was an effect of the changing values of the industrial age.
(b) That it came with a blossoming of religious insight.
(c) That it was necessary to maintain public health.
(d) It is repressed because it is incompatible with a general and intensive work imperative.

13. What can be said of the power mechanism(s) involved in the labeling of disparate sexualities?
(a) It was unified and focused.
(b) It's object was prohibition.
(c) It was primarily a legal and judicial.
(d) They were multi faceted and diverse.

14. What would Foucault agree with about modern industrial society?
(a) It ushered in an age of increased sexual repression.
(b) It has created an imbalanced polarization of pleasure and power.
(c) It witnessed a visible explosion of unorthodox sexualities.
(d) Never has a society been more prudish.

15. What did the author of "My Secret Life" write about?
(a) A scrupulous and detailed account of his sexual episodes.
(b) Sexual acts he heard in confession.
(c) The horror he felt at some of his sexual desires.
(d) Secrets told to him by friends.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following is NOT a procedure by which the confession came to be constituted in scientific terms?

3. What is true about the principle of latency intrinsic to sexuality?

4. What happened to the penal and legal codes relating to sexual offenses in the nineteenth century?

5. What can be said about the family unit and educational institutes in the nineteenth century?

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