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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Letter 6, what does Heloise ask Abelard to do for her?
(a) Write down the history of her misfortunes.
(b) Free her from the convent.
(c) Proscribe rules for her convent.
(d) Lay out acts of devotion for her to perform.

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

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

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

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

6. What is it that ultimately pleases God, according to Heloise?
(a) Acts.
(b) Devotion.
(c) Virtue.
(d) Prayer.

7. For what is Heloise arguing in Letter 6?
(a) An absolute rule for burdens.
(b) Contextual application of burdens.
(c) A case-by-case standard for burdens.
(d) Rules that respect gender differences.

8. To what does Abelard compare a monastery when he says that someone has to be in charge?
(a) The government.
(b) A business.
(c) An army.
(d) A family.

9. What was the thing based on that Heloise asked Abelard to give her?
(a) The freedom she enjoyed before becoming a nun.
(b) The story of Mary Magdalene.
(c) The rule of St. Benedict.
(d) The devout acts of Christ.

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

11. What request of Heloise's does Abelard fail to fulfill in Letter 7?
(a) Her request for a history of his experience.
(b) Her request for a reason to keep suffering.
(c) Her request for an end to his sufferings.
(d) Her request for a rule.

12. Who does Abelard cite as an example of someone devout in the church?
(a) Ruth.
(b) Judith.
(c) Mary, mother of Christ.
(d) Mary Magdalene.

13. What does Abelard say in Letter 7 about the virtue of women?
(a) It is only appropriate for certain things.
(b) It is the same as men's virtues.
(c) It is more pleasing to God.
(d) It is useful for different things in religion.

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

15. Why did the sender of Letter 9 think that the action Abelard took was appropriate?
(a) It repaired the split with the letter's recipient.
(b) It showed deference.
(c) It fit his age and calling.
(d) It demonstrated contrition.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What promise does Peter the Venerable make to Heloise in the last letter?

3. How had Abelard handled the sender of Letter 9's recommendation?

4. How would you describe Abelard's method of arranging Letter 7?

5. What should nuns primarily think about, according to Abelard?

(see the answer keys)

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