Human Sexuality Midterm

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  • 1. 
    According to Richard von Krafft-Ebing, the cause of all sexual deviations is
    • A. 

      A brain disorder.

    • B. 

      Childhood sexual abuse.

    • C. 

      Masturbation.

    • D. 

      Unconscious conflict.


  • 2. 
    Which statement most accurately describes Iwan Bloch's contribution to our understanding of sexual behavior?
    • A. 

      Bloch carried out the first laboratory study of human sexual response.

    • B. 

      Bloch conducted the first scientific survey about then-current sexual practices.

    • C. 

      Bloch was the first to apply a historical approach to understanding sexual behavior.

    • D. 

      Bloch was the first to recognize that sexual problems were often at the root of mental illness.


  • 3. 
    Alfred Kinsey contributed greatly to our understanding of sexual behavior by
    • A. 

      Writing a marriage manual that opposed the restrictions of the Victorian age.

    • B. 

      Developing a theory of psychosexual development that emphasized childhood sexuality.

    • C. 

      Interviewing thousands of Americans about their sexual behavior and attitudes.

    • D. 

      Collecting laboratory data on sexual responses.


  • 4. 
    The recent study on American sexual behavior that is generally considered the most accurate is the
    • A. 

      National Health and Social Life Survey

    • B. 

      Janus Report on Sexual Behavior

    • C. 

      'Redbook' survey

    • D. 

      'American Couples' study


  • 5. 
    In conducting sex research, the best type of sample is a _____ sample
    • A. 

      Clinical

    • B. 

      Naturally occurring

    • C. 

      Random

    • D. 

      Volunteer


  • 6. 
    The external female sex organs are collectively called the
    • A. 

      Clitoris

    • B. 

      Glans

    • C. 

      Ovaries

    • D. 

      Vulva


  • 7. 
    The rounded pad of fatty tissue located over the female pubic bone is called the 
    • A. 

      Hymen

    • B. 

      Mons

    • C. 

      Shaft

    • D. 

      Urethra


  • 8. 
    Which external female sex organ becomes hard and erect during arousal?
    • A. 

      The clitoris

    • B. 

      The prepuce

    • C. 

      The labia minora

    • D. 

      The vulva


  • 9. 
    In some sub-Saharan African and East Asian cultures, clitoridectomies are performed
    • A. 

      As a rite of passage to womanhood.

    • B. 

      To make childbirth as painful and difficult as possible.

    • C. 

      To prevent masturbation and the passing of sexually transmitted diseases.

    • D. 

      To protect against infibulation.


  • 10. 
    One result of clitoridectomy is to
    • A. 

      Ease childbirth.

    • B. 

      Increase fertility.

    • C. 

      Increase sexual pleasure.

    • D. 

      Reduce sexual pleasure.


  • 11. 
    The purpose of infibulation is to
    • A. 

      Ensure that no intercourse will occur prior to marriage.

    • B. 

      Increase the sexual pleasure of men during intercourse.

    • C. 

      Prevent painful childbirth.

    • D. 

      Reduce the possibility of masturbation.


  • 12. 
    Where does fertilization usually take place?
    • A. 

      At the cervical os

    • B. 

      Near the fimbriae

    • C. 

      Within the fallopian tube

    • D. 

      Within the fundus


  • 13. 
    The hairlike projections that help move the ovum through the fallopian tubes are called
    • A. 

      Cilia.

    • B. 

      Fimbriae.

    • C. 

      Mylin.

    • D. 

      Os.


  • 14. 
    Over-the-counter drugs that claim to reduce the symptoms of PMS act by
    • A. 

      Counteracting the effects of prostaglandin.

    • B. 

      Decreasing the impact of FSH on the ovaries.

    • C. 

      Facilitating the release of luteinizing hormone from the pituitary.

    • D. 

      Increasing progesterone levels in the blood.


  • 15. 
    At birth, the testes are normally contained in the 
    • A. 

      Abdominal cavity.

    • B. 

      Epididymis.

    • C. 

      Inguinal canal.

    • D. 

      Scrotum.


  • 16. 
    Healthy sperm production should have a scrotal temperature that is
    • A. 

      Higher than body temperature.

    • B. 

      Independent of body temperature.

    • C. 

      Lower than body temperature.

    • D. 

      The same as body temperature.


  • 17. 
    Semen contains all of the following substances EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Enzymes

    • B. 

      Proteins

    • C. 

      Smegma

    • D. 

      Sperm


  • 18. 
    Both the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland
    • A. 

      Are important in producing and maintaining erections.

    • B. 

      Contribute much of the fluid that makes up semen.

    • C. 

      Produce secretions that provide lubrication.

    • D. 

      Secrete alkalis to neutralize the acids in the urethra.


  • 19. 
    Which is the correct pathway for the sperm?
    • A. 

      Testes, prostate, vas deferens, urethra

    • B. 

      Testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, urethra

    • C. 

      Testes, vas deferens, seminiferous tubules, urethra

    • D. 

      Testes, vas deferens, ureter, urethra


  • 20. 
    When Antonio and Tamara make love, he often inserts his penis in her vagina until he feels that ejaculation is close. Then, he puts on a condom. Why is this behavior risky?
    • A. 

      Preejaculatory fluids are meant to serve as a lubricant.

    • B. 

      Preejaculatory secretions of the Cowper's glands often contain sperm.

    • C. 

      Such behavior may cause semen to become thick and gelatinous.

    • D. 

      The interruption in sexual arousal may reduce the motility of sperm.


  • 21. 
    In males, the FSH works to stimulate
    • A. 

      Cowper's glands to produce preejaculatory fluid.

    • B. 

      Spermatocytes to produce sperm.

    • C. 

      The prostate gland to secrete fluid.

    • D. 

      The testes to produce testosterone.


  • 22. 
    During intercourse, Nathan experiences orgasm, but no semen appears. His physician diagnoses his problem as retrogade ejaculation. This means that
    • A. 

      Muscles that normally close off the bladder fail to contract and semen enters the bladder.

    • B. 

      No contractions have occurred in the muscles that surround the ejaculatory duct.

    • C. 

      The erect penis has not sent a sufficient number of impulses to the ejaculatory center of the spinal cord.

    • D. 

      The prostate and seminal vesicles fail to secrete their fluids, so no semen is created.


  • 23. 
    The masculine version of menopause is called
    • A. 

      Free testosterone syndrome.

    • B. 

      Menarche.

    • C. 

      Testosterone replacement syndrome.

    • D. 

      The male climacteric.


  • 24. 
    The phase of Masters and Johnson's sexual response cycle in which blood flow is concentrated in the pelvic region and the body begins to show signs of arousal is called
    • A. 

      Excitement.

    • B. 

      Plateau.

    • C. 

      Refraction.

    • D. 

      Resolution.


  • 25. 
    The sequence of phases in Masters and Johnson's model of sexual response is
    • A. 

      Excitement, orgasm, plateau, resolution.

    • B. 

      Excitement, plateau, orgasm, resolution.

    • C. 

      Plateau, excitement, orgasm, resolution.

    • D. 

      Plateau, orgasm, excitement, resolution.


  • 26. 
    Some sex scholars have suggested that an important flaw in Masters and Johnson's research on human sexual response is
    • A. 

      The lack of gay males and lesbians in their original sample.

    • B. 

      The unequal number of males and females in their sample.

    • C. 

      Their inclusion of only orgasmic subjects in their sample.

    • D. 

      Their over-reliance on verbal self-reports from their subjects.


  • 27. 
    Which statement most accurately describes Helen Singer Kaplan's model of sexual response?
    • A. 

      Males and females have distinct sexual response cycles, with females experiencing a lengthy plateau phase.

    • B. 

      Sexual response begins with psychological desire, which then begins a physiological cycle of vasocongestion and eventually orgasmic release.

    • C. 

      Sexual response is a fragile process and there may be dysfunctions at any of the stages of excitement, plateau, orgasm, or resolution.

    • D. 

      While desire and vasocongestion appear to be human universals, orgasmic response is not.


  • 28. 
    Nick finds the idea of sexual activity to be repulsive. Even when he is with men or women he likes, sexual thoughts do not enter his mind. Helen Singer Kaplan would describe Nick's problem as one of
    • A. 

      Desire.

    • B. 

      Excitement.

    • C. 

      Plateau.

    • D. 

      Vasocongestion.


  • 29. 
    Most women tend to reach orgasm most quickly through
    • A. 

      Heterosexual intercourse.

    • B. 

      Lesbian sexual activity.

    • C. 

      Masturbation.

    • D. 

      Oral-genital stimulation.


  • 30. 
    According to recent research, multiple orgasms among women appear to depend on
    • A. 

      How much love is felt for a partner.

    • B. 

      The level of previous sexual experience.

    • C. 

      The type of stimulation involved.

    • D. 

      Whether the plateau phase lasts a long time.


  • 31. 
    An ongoing controversy that surrounds the female orgasm is whether or not
    • A. 

      Females of other species experience orgasm.

    • B. 

      Female orgasms are more intense than those of males.

    • C. 

      Several types of orgasm really exist.

    • D. 

      Women can really experience multiple orgasms.


  • 32. 
    During intercourse, Camille prefers really deep penetration that stimulates her cervix. Camille's resulting orgasmic experience is called
    • A. 

      A uterine orgasm.

    • B. 

      Multiple orgasms.

    • C. 

      A blended orgasm.

    • D. 

      A vaginal orgasm.


  • 33. 
    Which of the following statements best reflects current research regarding female ejaculation?
    • A. 

      Any release of fluids during orgasm is clearly urine expelled by a weak bladder.

    • B. 

      It is not clear whether the liquid substance that some women expel during orgasm is urine or a semenlike secretion.

    • C. 

      Skene's glands clearly produce a semenlike substance that is released only during orgasm.

    • D. 

      The G spot constitutes a secretory gland during stimulation of the pelvic nerves.


  • 34. 
    There is some evidence that regular exercise of the pubococcygeal muscle
    • A. 

      Can assist in locating and stimulating the Grafenberg spot.

    • B. 

      Decreases the likelihood of menstrual discomfort.

    • C. 

      Increases the likelihood of multiple orgasms among women.

    • D. 

      Results in greater likelihood of orgasmic satisfaction.


  • 35. 
    Can men have multiple orgams?
    • A. 

      No, the physiological process involved in male orgasm and ejaculation make this impossible.

    • B. 

      No, these are myths supported by pornography.

    • C. 

      Yes, a small number can avoid ejaculating and thus have repeated orgasms.

    • D. 

      Yes, if they are truly motivated to please their partners.


  • 36. 
    The terms berdache and hijra refer to
    • A. 

      Gender roles for a "third sex" recognized in particular societies.

    • B. 

      Individuals in various societies who have a same-sex sexual orientation.

    • C. 

      Malformed genitalia in newborn infants.

    • D. 

      Women who choose to live as males in their respective societies.


  • 37. 
    In fetal development, it is not possible to determine the sex of a human embryo by its appearance until at least
    • A. 

      5 weeks.

    • B. 

      8 weeks.

    • C. 

      12 weeks.

    • D. 

      16 weeks.


  • 38. 
    The term nocturnal emission refers to
    • A. 

      Ejaculations that occur while sleeping.

    • B. 

      Nighttime dreams about engaging in sexual activity.

    • C. 

      Spontaneous orgasms in response to fantasy.

    • D. 

      The first ejaculation that occurs during masturbation.


  • 39. 
    One gender difference between gay and lesbian adolescents is that
    • A. 

      Gay males usually begin sexual activity with older males; lesbians typically become active with peers.

    • B. 

      Lesbians who masturbate more frequently typically begin their same-gender sexual behavior earlier than gay males.

    • C. 

      More lesbians begin their same-gender sexual activity in groups; gay males begin in a dyadic relationship.

    • D. 

      Most gay males report that their first same-gender experience occurred by age 14; lesbians report that it occurred later.


  • 40. 
    The tendency toward equal status contact means
    • A. 

      That extramarital sexual activity is most likely to occur between people of equal status.

    • B. 

      The people tend to initiate and maintain relationships with people who have similar social characteristics.

    • C. 

      That when people have frequent contact, differences in their status diminish.

    • D. 

      All of these.


  • 41. 
    The contemporary concesus in medicine and psychology holds that masturbation is a(n)
    • A. 

      Immature way of obtaining sexual pleasure and gratification.

    • B. 

      Major cause of sexual dysfunctions and deviations.

    • C. 

      Marginally acceptable alternative to normal sexual expression.

    • D. 

      Widespread and generally harmless form of sexual expression.


  • 42. 
    A paraphilia is a
    • A. 

      Dependence on sexual behaviors or sexual fantasies involving stimuli that are considered unusual or unacceptable.

    • B. 

      Love of sexual activity.

    • C. 

      Person who is addicted to sexual activities.

    • D. 

      Person who pursues pleasure relentlessly.


  • 43. 
    Mitchell can experience orgasm only if he is wearing and touching leather garments. This behavior is an example of
    • A. 

      A paraphilia.

    • B. 

      A psychosis.

    • C. 

      Biphobia.

    • D. 

      Foreplay.


  • 44. 
    As professionals use the term today, a person's sexual orientation
    • A. 

      Can be determined by analyzing levels of various hormones in a person's bloodstream.

    • B. 

      Includes their sexual behavior, affectional preferences, and self-identification, along with other variables.

    • C. 

      Is defined by their sexual activities.

    • D. 

      Is determined only by which people a person finds sexually attractive.


  • 45. 
    Hermaphroditism is defined as the presence of high frequencies of both masculine and feminine behaviors and traits in the same individual.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 46. 
    Pseudohermaphrodites have both testes and ovaries.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 47. 
    Human beings have an inner sense of themselves as female, male, or a postion between the two.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 48. 
    Transvestitism is a sociocultural expression of cross-genderism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 49. 
    Feminists are women whose primary aim is to improve the status of feminine traits.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 50. 
    Because transgendered people cross socially determined barriers relating to gender expression, they may be met with harsh judgment and prejudice.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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