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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 true, according to Foucault, about children's sex in the eighteenth century?

2. Which of the following is NOT true, according to Foucault, about the treatment of sex in the beginning of the eighteenth century?

3. What happened to the penal and legal codes relating to sexual offenses in the nineteenth century?

4. What does Foucault say has happened to sexual discourse?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did the method of interpretation help solidify scientia sexualis?

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

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

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

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

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

Foucault defines five ways in which the discourse and power structure of the confession were adapted and extorted by science to be developed into scientia sexualis. Define each avenue and tell how it propagated sexual discourse and supported the creation of scientia sexualis.

Part 1: Clinical codification.

Part 2: The postulate of a general and diffuse causality.

Part 3: The principle of latency intrinsic to sexuality.

Part 4: The method of interpretation.

Part 5: The medicalization of the effects of confession.

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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