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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The hysterical woman and the onanistic child were likely to have stemmed from what aspect of their existence in their specific social class?
(a) Inbreeding and lower moral fiber.
(b) Financial difficulty and lack of education.
(c) Idleness and obligation to preserve a healthy line of descent.
(d) Knowledge without resource.

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

3. What major transformation in sexuality happened at the turn of the nineteenth century?
(a) The biological study of sexuality discovered hormones and thus explained perversions medically.
(b) The population openly accepted sexual discourse as necessary for a healthy sexuality.
(c) The focus on sexuality went from everlasting punishment after death to a medical problem of illness in life.
(d) Perversions were defined and recognized.

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

5. 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 nineteenth century.
(b) The loosening of the mechanism of repression.
(c) The seventeenth century.
(d) The advent of prohibitions.

6. 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) Conflicting forces repress all other power mechanisms.
(c) Its success if proportional to its ability to hide its own mechanisms.
(d) All of the above.

7. How does Foucault use the French revolution as an example to support his theory of the interconnectedness of juridico-discursive power and law?
(a) The revolution was not against the laws (the seat of power) but against those that overstepped the legal framework. Thus power and law were still on the same side.
(b) All of the above.
(c) When governmental agencies became too powerful the populace no longer obeyed laws.
(d) The revolutionaries created their own set of laws to produce power.

8. Which of the following statements would Foucault use to describe sexuality?
(a) An obscure domain that knowledge tries to uncover.
(b) A social and historical construct that creates a network which links knowledge and power.
(c) A furtive reality difficult to grasp and based in biology.
(d) A natural impulse that power tries to hold in check.

9. Which of the following statements regarding power would Foucault likely agree with?
(a) Relations of power are not in a position of exteriority with respect to other types of relationships.
(b) Power comes from below.
(c) Power is not something that is acquired, seized, or shared.
(d) All of the above.

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

11. What does the hysterization of women's bodies refer to?
(a) The identification of the female body as being at the root of female mental instability.
(b) The notion that the women's bodies are extreme manifestations of male counterparts.
(c) The notion that women's bodies are hightly sexual and was predisposed to medical pathology.
(d) The discovery that women's bodies created more emotional reaction than male bodies.

12. What was the effect of the deployment of alliance in the family unit to control sexuality?
(a) It limited the discussion of sexuality in the family unit and so drove it to outside relations like doctors.
(b) None of the above.
(c) It channeled many of the previously accepted forms of sexuality into new perversions.
(d) It intensified the situation, then involved outstide help like doctors which caused discourse to increase.

13. What is the feature of juridico-discursive power that Foucault labels as the insistence of the rule?
(a) Power is most effective when channeled through previously accepted avenues.
(b) Power lays down the rules for sexuality, defining the licit and the illicit and is maintained through language.
(c) Under the influence of a power structure, people will accept the regularity of the rules.
(d) Despite attempts to change or repress it, sexuality will continually return to a natural and common state.

14. What reason does Foucault suggest for the immense influence we give sex and the extensive discourse created about it?
(a) Redemption from perceived sin.
(b) The battle against repression.
(c) Complex power mechanisms.
(d) The throwing off of unilateral power structures.

15. What is the psychiatrization of perverse pleasure?
(a) The identification of the need of mental help to those of uncommon sexuality.
(b) The labeling as the perverse as the essence of a person.
(c) The study of sex as a biological and psychical condition with pathologies that could be normalized.
(d) The realization of pleasure in psychiatric discourse.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would you best describe the strategy in which sex plays a vital role?

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

3. Where would techniques of repression of sexuality first appear?

4. What does Foucault say the universal taboo of incest has caused to happen?

5. Which of the following would Foucault agree what the purpose for which the deployment of sexuality was first established.

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