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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Despite attempts to change or repress it, sexuality will continually return to a natural and common state.
(d) Under the influence of a power structure, people will accept the regularity of the rules.

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

3. What is the deployment of alliance?
(a) The unification effect of the repression of sexuality.
(b) The tendency of strategies to work together under power.
(c) None of the above.
(d) A system of rules and regulations based in kinship ties and marital bonds.

4. 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) Financial difficulty and lack of education.
(d) Inbreeding and lower moral fiber.

5. How would you best describe the strategy in which sex plays a vital role?
(a) One of reproductive function.
(b) The matrimonial relations.
(c) There is no single one, but many.
(d) A single, all-encompassing strategy.

6. What did the socialization of procreative behavior do?
(a) All of the above.
(b) Assign a pathogenic value to non reproductive sex.
(c) Identify reproduction and sex as a matter of public importance.
(d) Provide fiscal incitement or restrictions regarding the fertility of couples.

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

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

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

10. What does Foucault NOT say is a derivative basis of power?
(a) Machinery of production.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Families.
(d) Political authority.

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

12. What does Foucault say about the juridico-discursive form of power?
(a) It is still at work in recent analysis concerning the relationships between power and sex.
(b) It is a form of power that is solely repressive and from the top down
(c) It is the power mechanism behind the repressive hypothesis and the belief that prohibition creates desire.
(d) All of the above.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is the question that Foucault identifies as the one that needs to be addressed?

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

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

4. What was the effect of the deployment of alliance in the family unit to control sexuality?

5. What major transformation in sexuality happened at the turn of the nineteenth century?

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