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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 are the two great procedures for producing the truth about sex?
(a) Ars erotica and medicalization.
(b) Psychoanalysis and biology.
(c) The erotic arts and science of sexuality.
(d) Scientia sexualis and biology.

2. How did the scheme for transforming sex into discourse become a rule for everyone?
(a) Through the confession.
(b) By the popularization of psychoanalysis and counseling.
(c) In the mental institute.
(d) Through sermons delivered at church to the masses.

3. What does Foucault NOT say is our perceived notion of confession?
(a) Truths demands to surface unless held down.
(b) It is a power that constrains us.
(c) Confession frees,
(d) Constraint and power reduce one to silence.

4. What does Foucault mean by "we other Victorians?"
(a) We are continuing the progress of liberation from repression started by the Victorians.
(b) We are on the brink of the biggest change in sexuality since the Victorian era.
(c) We are unable to willfully escape the supposed historical repression of sexuality.
(d) We are trying to restore sexuality as it was during the Victorian era.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Toward the beginning of the eighteenth century, in which of the following areas was there NOT an incitement to talk about sex?

2. Which of the following is true about the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?

3. What does Foucault say is the "speaker's benefit?"

4. What does Foucault say that the science of sex achieved in the nineteenth century?

5. What does Foucault say about the ritual of confession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Foucault say was the model for modern sexual discourse in the west? What elements of it remain?

2. What is the medicalization of sexuality? What relationship does it create?

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

4. How did the emergence of "population" as an economic and political problem effect the discourse on sexuality?

5. What was "My Secret Life" and why was it relevant to Foucault's argument?

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

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

8. What is the principle of latency intrinsic to sexuality? How did it help spread sexual discourse?

9. What does Foucault say sexuality was like in the beginning of the 17th century?

10. What is the repressive hypothesis?

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