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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 does Foucault refer to as the triple edict of puritanism?
(a) Taboo, nonexistance, and silence.
(b) Condemnation, ridicule, and rejection.
(c) Tolerance, modification, and acceptance.
(d) Shame, repentance, and redemption.

2. Per Foucault, what was the affect of power exercised over sex?
(a) It caused an increase in religious ferver.
(b) It confined sexuality to the home between married couples.
(c) It subjugated the lower classes.
(d) It created polymorphous sexualities.

3. Which of the following is true about the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?
(a) There was a sensualization of power.
(b) All alternate sexualities were looked at as having the same root.
(c) It was distinctly unpleasant to those receiving treatment.
(d) It recognized alternate sexualities as part of the essential nature of the person.

4. What does Foucault say sex serves as support for in our modern age?
(a) Preaching.
(b) Morality.
(c) Religion.
(d) The family unit.

5. Which is NOT a center that Foucault recognizes as having produced discourses on sex in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Criminal justice.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Pedagogy.
(d) Monarchy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can be said about the implantation of multiple perversions?

2. Which of the following is NOT a practice of the form of power derived from analysis used to control sexuality in children?

3. Which of the following can NOT be said of the medicalization of the sexually peculiar?

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

5. What does Foucault say was true about sexuality at the beginning of the seventeenth century?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What mechanisms spread sexual discourse after the confessional? Give examples.

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

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

6. Per Foucault, what result came about from the "will to knowledge" with the taboo of sexuality?

7. What is the postulate of general and diffuse causality? How did it help sexual discourse spread?

8. What is the classification of perversions, and what effect did it have?

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

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

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