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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Foucault say we can see the materialization of the rationality of power?
(a) The caste which governs.
(b) Those who make pivotal economic decisions.
(c) The groups which control state apparatus.
(d) At the restricted level where their tactics are inscribed.

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

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the three successive stages by which sexuality penetrated the population at large?
(a) The movement for the "moralization of the poorer classes."
(b) Juridical and medical control of perversions.
(c) Birth control.
(d) The rise of the importance of confession for a moral existence.

4. What does the rule of double conditioning state?
(a) All local centers enter into an over-all strategy, and no strategy could have effect without support of local centers.
(b) None of the above.
(c) For every power there is a specific resistance.
(d) Every power center and resistance have more than influence working upon them.

5. What is the feature of juridico-discursive power that Foucault labels as the uniformity of the apparatus?
(a) Power over sex dictates a uniformity of sexuality.
(b) Power over sex is exercised in the same way at all levels.
(c) Figures of authority regarding sexuality present a uniform practice.
(d) The form of power mechanisms over sexuality is the same format of power found throughout society.

6. How does Foucault use the French revolution as an example to support his theory of the interconnectedness of juridico-discursive power and law?
(a) All of the above.
(b) The revolutionaries created their own set of laws to produce power.
(c) When governmental agencies became too powerful the populace no longer obeyed laws.
(d) 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.

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

8. What is the theory of "degenerescence?"
(a) The belief propogated that without medical help, sexual maladies will worsen until they consume the subject.
(b) Repression of sexuality degenerates with each generation.
(c) Without control of social institutions the population will slowly rid itself of sexual rules.
(d) A heredity with maladies ended by producing a sexual pervert.

9. How did the institutions of power that developed in the Middle Ages, primarily monarchy, make themselves acceptable?
(a) By presenting themselves as a way of introducing order in the midst of other powers.
(b) By presenting themselves as agencies of regulation, arbitration and demarcation; formulated in terms of law.
(c) All of the above.
(d) It identified its will with the will of the law, acting through mechanisms of interdiction and sanction.

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

11. What is the feature of juridico-discursive power that Foucault labels as the cycle of prohibition?
(a) The threat of a punishment that is the supression of sex.
(b) Power constrains sex only through a taboo that plays on the alternative between two nonexistences.
(c) All of the above.
(d) To deal with sex, power employs nothing more than a law of prohibition.

12. Which of the following would Foucault agree what the purpose for which the deployment of sexuality was first established.
(a) All of the above.
(b) The underscoring of the high value and price of the body, sensations, and pleasure.
(c) The body, vigor, longevity and descent of the upper class.
(d) The self affirmation of the affected class.

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

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

15. Which of the following best describes the hysterical woman, the masturbating child, the Malthusian couple, and the perverse adult?
(a) Targets for ventures into knowledge that correspond to four strategies.
(b) Tactical materializations of psychiatric power.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Pathologies recognized and treated in the nineteenth century.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the feature of juridico-discursive power that Foucault labels as the logic of censorship?

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

3. Which of the rules regarding power and resistance is represented by the following example? In the nineteenth century the sex of a child was discussed between parents and educators or doctors. However, through modifications and shifts now the sexuality of a child is discussed between the child and a doctor with the sexuality of the parents called into question.

4. Which of the following statements regarding power would Foucault likely agree with?

5. What does the rule of the tactical polyvalence of discourses state?

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