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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which statement would Foucault agree with?
(a) Where there is power, there is resistance.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Resistance is never in a position of exteriority in relation to power.
(d) Power relationships depend on a multiplicity of points of resistance.

2. Which series formed the solid nucleus of the new technologies of sex?
(a) Demography-family-heredity.
(b) Heredity- medicalization-normalcy.
(c) Perversion-heredity-degenerescence.
(d) None of the above.

3. When does the alternate history that Foucault tells for sexuality start?
(a) The advent of psychoanalysis.
(b) The eighteenth century.
(c) The Lateran council of medieval Christianity.
(d) The development of the feudal system.

4. What does the rule of the tactical polyvalence of discourses state?
(a) Discourse joins power and knowledge together, and its tactics are variable and changing.
(b) Discourse is multifaceted form of power.
(c) Knowledge generates discourse, which manifests power.
(d) Every power manifests itself as new discourse.

5. Which of the following can be said about the deployment of sexuality throughout the population?
(a) It was created by the bourgeois to control the working class.
(b) It spread through the different mechanisms at different class levels.
(c) It reached all classes at the same time.
(d) It was homogeneous.

6. Attempt at regulation, or the deployment of alliance, of sexuality had what important effect?
(a) Constrained sexuality to marital relations.
(b) Generated perversions.
(c) Gave power to institutionalized strategies.
(d) Regulation helped spread the sexual discourse and hence sexuality.

7. What can be said of the deployment of alliance and the deployment of sexuality?
(a) One is built upon rules and restrictions, and the other on mobile techniques of power.
(b) All of the above.
(c) One deals with relationships and the other with bodily sensations.
(d) The deployment of sexuality reduced the importance of the deployment of alliance.

8. What does Foucault say we need to do in order to understand the relationship between sexuality and power?
(a) Acknowledge a technology of sex.
(b) Rid ourselves of a juridical and negative representation of power.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Cease to conceive of power as law, prohibition, liberty, and sovereignty.

9. If one tries to define the history of sexuality by mechanisms of repression, there are two "ruptures" that Foucault identifies and says warrants further investigation. Which of the following is NOT either a description of one of the ruptures or the time period it took place?
(a) The loosening of the mechanism of repression.
(b) The advent of prohibitions.
(c) The seventeenth century.
(d) The nineteenth century.

10. Where did the most rigorous techniques of sexual restraint first occur?
(a) In the middle class.
(b) In the economically priviledged and politically dominant classes.
(c) In the uneducated working class.
(d) In the medical society.

11. What does Foucault mean when he refers to "power?"
(a) A mode of subjugation which has the form of rule.
(b) A group of institutions and mechanisms to ensure the subservience of citizens of a given state.
(c) A general system of domination exerted by one group over another.
(d) A multiplicity of force relations immanent in the sphere in which they operate.

12. Who was Charcot?
(a) The psychiatrist who first started speaking overtly about sex in his work.
(b) A man who had his wife internned for life in a mental hospital for expressing pleasure.
(c) A simple minded farm hand taken to a mental hostpital for expressing sexuality.
(d) A researcher of sexuality in the late-1800s.

13. Where would techniques of repression of sexuality first appear?
(a) In the educated middle class.
(b) In the religious of the upper class.
(c) Uniformally across society.
(d) In the labor class.

14. According to Foucault, the role of the family unit is NOT:
(a) To be a social structure that restrains sexuality.
(b) To anchor sexuality and give it support.
(c) Allow alliance and sexuality to effect each other.
(d) All of the above.

15. What statement does Foucault make about why power over sexuality remains the law of interdiction?
(a) Secrecy is in the nature of abuse of power.
(b) Its success if proportional to its ability to hide its own mechanisms.
(c) Conflicting forces repress all other power mechanisms.
(d) All of the above.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following statements would Foucault NOT agree with regarding discourses?

2. What is the feature of juridico-discursive power that Foucault labels as the uniformity of the apparatus?

3. According to Foucault, which of the following is NOT one of the ways we view sex?

4. What is the psychiatrization of perverse pleasure?

5. When sexuality came to demand the surveillance of the population where did it expand?

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