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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 statement that Foucault makes?

2. What does Foucault say that the science of sex achieved in the nineteenth century?

3. What does Foucault define as the popularly held belief about sexuality over the last two centuries?

4. Which of the following can NOT be said of the population's sexual conduct in the eighteenth century?

5. What does Foucault say are joined in confession in the West?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the institutions of education of children develop their own sexual discourse?

2. What is the medicalization of sexuality? What relationship does it create?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foucault presents us with three questions in part one. Discuss each of those three questions, and elaborate on what Foucault's theories are about each question.

Part 1: Is the repression of sexuality a historical fact or a modern creation imposed retroactively on the past?

Part 2: Does the repression of sexuality lead to concentration of power?

Part 3: Is the analysis of the repression of sexuality in reality simply a constituent component of the repression itself?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In part four, Foucault describes the focus of sexuality changing from a matter of death and sin to a matter of life and illness. What does he mean?

Part 1: How is sexuality originally seen as a matter of death and sin?

Part 2: What does Foucault mean by sexuality being a matter of life and illness? How did this come about?

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