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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 statement would Foucault agree with?

2. If one tries to define the history of sexuality by mechanisms of repression, there are two "ruptures" that Foucault identifies and says warrants further investigation. Which of the following is NOT either a description of one of the ruptures or the time period it took place?

3. How would you best describe the strategy in which sex plays a vital role?

4. What does the rule of the tactical polyvalence of discourses state?

5. What does Foucault say about resistance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define how Foucault sees sexuality.

2. What is the hysterization of women's bodies?

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

4. What does Foucault have to say about resistance? Where can you find it?

5. How does the spread of sexuality, as told by Foucault, refute the repressive hypothesis that sexuality was repressed in order to subjugate the working class?

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

7. How does Foucault claim monarchs of the middle ages persuaded the existing power centers to accept and participate in their power?

8. Relationships between power and knowledge are transformational matrices and highly subject to change. Give an example of a power-knowledge relationship that has changed dramatically.

9. What is the relationship between the deployment of alliance and the deployment of sexuality in the family unit? How does it interact?

10. Explain the concept of juridico-discursive power. Where does Foucault say we perceive it to act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The history of sexuality is marked by large changes from century to century. Describe the view of sexuality, and how it changed, for each of the following time periods:

Part 1: 16th to 17th century.

Part 2: 18th century:

Part 3: Beginning of the 19th century:

Part 4: Middle of the 19th century.

Part 5: Late-19th century.

Essay Topic 2

Had sexuality been a method of repression it would have been used as a tool by one social class to subjugate another. Foucault refutes this with his explanation of the rise of sexual discourse.

Part 1: Explain how and why, in Foucault's analysis, that sexual discourse arose. Where did it start? What crucial foundation was laid?

Part 2: Explain how and why the discourse eventually diffused into throughout society.

Essay Topic 3

Foucault designates the family unit as a focus point where alliance and sexuality come together.

Part 1: Describe why and how alliance and sexuality came to meet in the family unit.

Part 2: What is their relationship there? What is the result of their relationship?

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