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

2. Which of the following is the question that Foucault identifies as the one that needs to be addressed?
(a) What over-all domination since the eighteenth century was served by the concern to produce true discourses on sex?
(b) What law presided over both the regularity of sexual behavior and the conformity of what was said about it?
(c) In a specific type of discourse on sex, in a specific form and place, what were the most immediate and local power relations at work?
(d) Given a specific state structure, how and why is it that power needs to establish a knowledge of sex?

3. What was the effect of the deployment of alliance in the family unit to control sexuality?
(a) It limited the discussion of sexuality in the family unit and so drove it to outside relations like doctors.
(b) It intensified the situation, then involved outstide help like doctors which caused discourse to increase.
(c) It channeled many of the previously accepted forms of sexuality into new perversions.
(d) None of the above.

4. What major transformation in sexuality happened at the turn of the nineteenth century?
(a) The population openly accepted sexual discourse as necessary for a healthy sexuality.
(b) The biological study of sexuality discovered hormones and thus explained perversions medically.
(c) The focus on sexuality went from everlasting punishment after death to a medical problem of illness in life.
(d) Perversions were defined and recognized.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Attempt at regulation, or the deployment of alliance, of sexuality had what important effect?

3. What reason does Foucault give for the need to analyze power to strengthen his argument?

4. What does Foucault say about our perception that the mechanisms of power are one-sided and act on us from above?

5. Which of the following would Foucault agree what the purpose for which the deployment of sexuality was first established.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the principles of negative relation and the cycle of prohibition in the juridico-discursive power structure.

2. What role does psychiatry play in the deployment of sexuality and the repressive hypothesis?

3. Per Foucault, what are the principle traits of juridico-discursive power structures?

4. What does Foucault mean when he refers to the cyclical nature of power and law? Explain.

5. What role does discourse play in power?

6. What is the pedagogization of children's sex?

7. In what form did sexuality first arise, and what was its intended purpose?

8. How does Foucault define power? What is it like?

9. Is there disinterested knowledge? Explain.

10. Explain what is meant by the statement that sexuality changed from a matter of death and sin to a matter of life and illness.

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