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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was letter 9 likely written?
(a) 1181.
(b) 1158.
(c) 1164.
(d) 1140.

2. Who received Letter 9?
(a) The Abbott of Cluny.
(b) Abelard.
(c) The pope.
(d) Heloise.

3. When did the practice of monasteries and convents begin?
(a) In Christ's time.
(b) In Roman times.
(c) In the Middle Ages.
(d) In antiquity.

4. What does Abelard mean to indicate by the example of the Sibyl's prophecies?
(a) Women who paid a price for falling away from priesthood.
(b) Honored women in antiquity.
(c) Women who implemented church doctrine.
(d) Women honored among Gentiles.

5. How would you describe Abelard's method of arranging Letter 7?
(a) Chaotic.
(b) A developmental crescendo.
(c) Orderly.
(d) Haphazard.

6. What does Abelard rely on in providing a rule for the lives of the nuns at Paraclete?
(a) Different religions' monastic practices.
(b) Scripture.
(c) Ancient practices.
(d) His monastery's practices.

7. What does the sender of Letter 9 say about Abelard?
(a) That the monks at his monastery were trying to kill him.
(b) That he has just received a letter from him.
(c) That he passed through.
(d) That he has just received a letter about him.

8. How does Heloise say that the thing that pleases God is manifested?
(a) Differently in different people.
(b) In each according to his weakness.
(c) The same in everyone.
(d) In each according to his talents.

9. What was the sender of Letter 9 trying to offer Abelard?
(a) Forgiveness.
(b) Sanctuary.
(c) Amnesty.
(d) Power.

10. Where did Peter the Venerable send Abelard?
(a) Laon.
(b) Citeaux.
(c) Nantes.
(d) Chalon.

11. How does Abelard define poverty?
(a) Wealth in divine possessions.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Lack of property.
(d) Refusal to own property.

12. What does Peter the Venerable say he is particularly impressed by?
(a) Heloise's graceful movements.
(b) Heloise's learning.
(c) Heloise's devotion to Abelard.
(d) Heloise's beauty.

13. What does Peter the Venerable say he admires?
(a) Heloise's contrition.
(b) Heloise's piety.
(c) Heloise's writings.
(d) Heloise's background.

14. What did the sender of Letter 9 ask from his correspondent?
(a) Compensate Abelard for his sufferings.
(b) Punish Abelard's persecutors.
(c) Stop persecuting Abelard.
(d) Let Abelard live in Cluny.

15. How does Abelard describe wisdom in his Rule?
(a) Holding your tongue.
(b) Keeping oneself pure.
(c) Knowing your place.
(d) Knowing yourself.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which role is not mentioned by Abelard when he describes the roles necessary to run a convent?

2. How are things distributed in poverty, according to Abelard?

3. What else does Peter the Venerable say he is impressed by?

4. What else does Heloise ask Abelard in Letter 6?

5. Who does Heloise say in Letter 6 Abelard should imitate?

(see the answer keys)

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