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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

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. Per Foucault, what was the affect of power exercised over sex?

3. What explanation does Foucault say is historically applied to the evolution of sexuality after the fact?

4. What does the postulate of a general and diffuse causality say?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship that Foucault defines between power and pleasure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foucault brings up two examples of the "incitement to discourse."

Part 1: Explain "My Secret Life" and the case of the peasant Jouy. Why are each of these useful to Foucault's argument of the incitement to discourse?

Part 2: Consider the evolution of sexual discourse and how it relates to "My Secret Life" and the case of Jouy. In which case is the discourse more rudimentary, and in which is it, as sexual discourse, more "evolved?" Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Foucault's reasons that support his argument that sexual repression is not a historical fact, but rather a modern creation imposed retroactively on the past.

Part 1: What does he say took place instead of repression?

Part 2: How did it come about?

Essay Topic 3

The confessional paved the way for the creation of other mechanisms and institutions to create authorized and necessary forms of sexual discourse. Write an essay describing those mechanisms and institutions and their own forms of sexual discourse.

Part 1: Judicial.

Part 2: Medical.

Part 3: Governmental.

Part 4: Pedagogical.

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