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1. What are the "reasons for being" of the deployment of alliance compared to the deployment of sexuality?
(a) Control of the population vs expansion of perversions.
(b) Making marital bonds paramount vs liberating sexuality.
(c) Maintaining social law vs proliferating itself and controlling populations.
(d) Social law vs biological impulses that end in reproduction.

2. What do the rules of continual variations state?
(a) Power manifests itself in matrices of transformations, and not static relationships.
(b) Each representation of power is unique and varying from those surrounding it.
(c) There are an unlimited number of possible power relationships.
(d) Reistance arises from changing sources even when it remains constant.

3. What does Foucault say is true of discourse?
(a) It undermines and exposes power.
(b) It is both an instrument and effect of power.
(c) All of the above.
(d) It transmits and produces power.

4. Why does Foucault call power "omnipresent?"
(a) Because it is produced from one moment to the next at every point.
(b) Because it follows the pyramid of influence in which all parties feel its effects.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Because it has the priviledge of consolidating everything under its unity.

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

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

7. Which of the following does Foucault NOT say about the mechanics of power over sexuality?
(a) It is poor in resources, sparing in it's methods, and monotonous in tactics.
(b) It is dependent on the biological consequences of disobedience.
(c) It is juridical in nature, centered on nothing more than the statement of law.
(d) It only has the power to say no and to produce limits.

8. What relationship does Foucault give to governmental powers and law?
(a) Governments exercise power through law, and the law is the seat of their power.
(b) The law constrains the power of the governments.
(c) The law is one of many tools used by governmental powers.
(d) The power mechanisms of law and government constantly clash are are kept concealed.

9. What can we expect discourses on sex to tell us?
(a) What ideology they represent.
(b) What moral divisions they accompany.
(c) What effects of power and knowledge they ensure.
(d) What strategy they derive from.

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

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

12. 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) Despite attempts to change or repress it, sexuality will continually return to a natural and common state.
(c) Under the influence of a power structure, people will accept the regularity of the rules.
(d) Power lays down the rules for sexuality, defining the licit and the illicit and is maintained through language.

13. 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.

14. When sexuality came to demand the surveillance of the population where did it expand?
(a) Medicine.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Pedagogy.
(d) Demography.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who was Charcot?

4. What institution sought to free sexual instinct from heredity, eugenics, and racism?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the three successive stages by which sexuality penetrated the population at large?

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