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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What qualities must distinguish an Abbess, in Abelard's opinion?
(a) Learning and teaching.
(b) Lifelong chastity.
(c) Broad life experience.
(d) Management experience.

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

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

5. Which role is not mentioned by Abelard when he describes the roles necessary to run a convent?
(a) A wardrobe.
(b) A portress.
(c) A cellaress.
(d) A shepherd.

6. 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.

7. Who was Peter the Venerable?
(a) Heloise.
(b) The Abbott of Cluny.
(c) The pope.
(d) Abelard.

8. What does Heloise ask Abelard in Letter 6?
(a) To tell her how the order of nuns began.
(b) To tell her how nuns should conduct themselves.
(c) To forgive her.
(d) To describe the reasons for her to go on being a nun.

9. Who does Heloise say in Letter 6 Abelard should imitate?
(a) Her.
(b) The abbot.
(c) Christ.
(d) The pope.

10. What does Abelard say he is correcting with the life of silence?
(a) Excess of sin.
(b) Dependency on the world.
(c) Guilt.
(d) Excess of words.

11. What provision does Heloise ask Abelard to include in what he makes for her?
(a) Exceptions for the old, young, and weak.
(b) Special standards for the more devout nuns.
(c) Rewards for nuns who are the most devout.
(d) Exclusions for nuns who do not follow the rules.

12. How does God view virtue in pagans, according to Abelard in Letter 7?
(a) He honors it.
(b) He does not recognize it.
(c) He sees but does not reward it.
(d) He is hostile to it.

13. What does Heloise say in Letter 6 that she cannot make herself do?
(a) Obey Abelard.
(b) Seek God.
(c) Beg for forgiveness.
(d) Pray.

14. What is the tone of the first part of Letter 9?
(a) Dithering.
(b) Imposing.
(c) Beseeching.
(d) Narrative.

15. What did the sender of Letter 9 advise Abelard to do?
(a) Gather supporters.
(b) Flee the country.
(c) Appeal to the pope.
(d) Get a judgment from the Abbot of Citeaux.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is continence, as mentioned in Letter 8?

2. What does Abelard say was honored by St. Paul and St. Jerome?

3. What does Peter the Venerable say he admires?

4. Which is not a part of the Rule Abelard describes to Heloise in Letter 8?

5. Who does Abelard cite as an example of someone devout in the church?

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