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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What action was NOT taken regarding the farm hand Jouy when he was discovered seeking caresses from little girls?
(a) Penal.
(b) Judicial.
(c) Theoretical elaboration.
(d) Medical intervention and clinical examination.

2. What is the "discursive fact?"
(a) The way in which sex is put into discourse.
(b) The liberation attained through discussion.
(c) The need people experience to discuss illicit subjects.
(d) The tendency of discourse to enlighten.

3. Why is the author of "My Secret Life" an interesting example in Foucault's argument?
(a) Because he was part of the institutionalization of sexual discourse.
(b) Because he was a window into the popular social norms of the time.
(c) Because he was turning sex into discourse for his own pleasure.
(d) Because he represented the negative effects of repression.

4. The medical examination, the psychiatric investigation, the pedagogical report, and family controls can be said to be characterized by which of the following?
(a) The domination of authority figures and the repression of sexual practice.
(b) Perpetual spirals of pleasure and power.
(c) The effective practice of removing sexual impetus.
(d) Anxiety and domination.

5. What is Foucault NOT claiming to search for instances of?
(a) Instances of discursive production.
(b) Propagation of knowledge.
(c) Liberation from repression.
(d) Production of power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Foucault say about people of disparate sexualities from the end of the eighteenth century on?

2. Which of the many great innovations in the techniques of power in the eighteenth century was inextricably interwoven with the discourse on sex?

3. What can be said about the discourse on sex Foucault sets forth?

4. What element of the confession has opened the pathway to explore existing domains?

5. What is true about the principle of latency intrinsic to sexuality?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Foucault mean by the "speaker's benefit?"

2. Foucault says the repression hypothesis should be abandoned; what does he purport that power structures seek over sexuality? Why?

3. What are the three topics of doubt about the repressive hypothesis that Foucault will seek to explore?

4. According to Foucault, what was the purpose of the emerging analytical sexual discourse? Give examples.

5. After the beginning of the 17th century, where was sexuality shifted to and for what ends?

6. How did the method of interpretation help solidify scientia sexualis?

7. What does Foucault mean by "We Other Victorians?"

8. What are ars erotica and scientia sexualis? How are they different?

9. How did the focus of sexual control change from the eighteenth to nineteenth century? Where was it and where did it shift to?

10. In the beginning of the nineteenth century, what changes happened to the legal process of handling sexual offenses?

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