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

2. Which of the following is NOT a statement that Foucault makes?

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

4. What were the effects of the power exercised over sexuality in the nineteenth century?

5. What does Foucault say about the parallel sciences of the biology of reproduction and the medicine of sex in the nineteenth century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Foucault referring to by "a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse?"

2. What are the three topics of doubt about the repressive hypothesis that Foucault will seek to explore?

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

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

5. What were the objectives of the the extensive laws regulating the actions of married couples in the eighteenth century?

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

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

8. Briefly define the changes that happened to confessions regarding sex in the seventeenth century, and how it affected sexual discourse.

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

10. According to Foucault, what affect has the supposed power of restriction and limitation had over sexuality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Foucault, the equating of power and pleasure, and of power and perversion, emerged along four principle modes. Discuss what each mode means and how it came about.

Part 1: Analysis of sexuality.

Part 2: Classification of perversions.

Part 3: Medicalizable objects.

Part 4: Fragmentation and analysis of sexuality.

Essay Topic 2

Foucault gives us a map of where the history of sexuality started, and how it spread to eventually include the entire population.

Part 1: What population does Foucault credit with the creation of sexuality? How is it that it came to arise there?

Part 2: Where did sexuality spread from there?

Part 3: By what means was sexuality dispersed throughout the population?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what Foucault means by political power shifting from power of death to power over life.

Part 1: What is a society like whose political power structure is based on the power of death? What does power of death mean?

Part 2: What is a society like whose political power structure is focused on power over life? What does power over life mean?

Part 3: What other significant changes to society happened during this shift?

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