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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. Which of the following is NOT listed as one of the accepted ways to free oneself from the effects of sexual repression?
(a) Irruption of speech.
(b) Abstinence.
(c) Lifting of prohibitions.
(d) Transgressing laws.

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

3. What effect did the classification of perversions have?
(a) It gave the practices an analytical, visible, and permanent reality.
(b) It created a system by which doctors were succesful at treating people with undesireable sexual habits.
(c) It suppressed the practices almost into nonexistence.
(d) It caused more of the population to confess their unpopular desires.

4. In what areas of our lives does Foucault say confession in integral in the west?
(a) All of the above.
(b) Family and love relationships.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Justice and solem rites.

5. What is scientia sexualis?
(a) The study of aberrations, perversions, and other forms of alternate sexualities.
(b) The science of mastering the act of sexual pleasure.
(c) The biological science of reproduction.
(d) Procedures for telling the truth about sex which are adapted from confession.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of Foucault's statements regarding the discourses around sexuality of children?

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

3. Which of the following is NOT a mode of power that Foucault recognizes as being integral to sexuality in the nineteenth century?

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

5. Which of the following is NOT a procedure by which the confession came to be constituted in scientific terms?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What did the medicalization of the effects of confession promise, and how did that effect scientia sexualis?

9. What are the four modes of power discussed by Foucault?

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

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