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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Foucault say about our perception that the mechanisms of power are one-sided and act on us from above?
(a) It is a common perception regarding power in various mechanisms.
(b) It simplifies the mechanics of power.
(c) All of the above.
(d) It gives us freedom in the form of resistance.

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

3. 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 homogeneous.
(c) It reached all classes at the same time.
(d) It was created by the bourgeois to control the working class.

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

5. What new technology of sex emerged at the end of the eighteenth century?
(a) Sexuality became seen as pathology.
(b) Confessions started to include sex.
(c) Sex became a secular and state concern.
(d) Laws started to prosecute aldulterers.

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

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) All of the above.
(b) When governmental agencies became too powerful the populace no longer obeyed laws.
(c) 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.
(d) The revolutionaries created their own set of laws to produce power.

8. Which of the following best characterizes the techniques of sexuality from the sixteenth century onward?
(a) A growth of methods and procedures.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Perpetual inventiveness of techniques.
(d) Growth in scope and complexity.

9. Which of the following does NOT represent a transformation the Foucault identifies after the nineteenth century?
(a) The medicine of perversions and programs of eugenics.
(b) The medicine of sex was set apart from the medicine of the body.
(c) Biological responsibility was assigned to sex.
(d) Sexuality was was moved into the strictly private sector.

10. 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 body, vigor, longevity and descent of the upper class.
(c) The underscoring of the high value and price of the body, sensations, and pleasure.
(d) The self affirmation of the affected class.

11. What institution sought to free sexual instinct from heredity, eugenics, and racism?
(a) The family unit.
(b) Psychiatry.
(c) Biology.
(d) Pedogogical institutions.

12. 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.
(a) Rule of double conditioning.
(b) Rules of continual variations.
(c) Rule of the tactical polyvalence of discourses.
(d) Rule of immanence.

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

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

15. The sexual discourse of families, parents, doctors, and educators have what effect?
(a) Liberate from repression.
(b) Uphold the rules of alliance.
(c) Undercut sexual regulation.
(d) None of the above.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following definitions of sexuality would Foucault likely endorse?

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

3. Why does Foucault call power "omnipresent?"

4. Who was Charcot?

5. What statement does Foucault make about why power over sexuality remains the law of interdiction?

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