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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Peter the Venerable say to Heloise in Letter 10?
(a) He cannot help her.
(b) He is happy to hear from her.
(c) He will try to help her.
(d) He is sorry to hear about her situation.

5. How did the practice of nunnery change in the early church?
(a) It almost went extinct.
(b) It ceased.
(c) It contracted.
(d) It expanded.

6. Where did Abelard go after the exchange he had with the sender of Letter 9?
(a) To see Heloise.
(b) Return to his monastery.
(c) Continue his travels.
(d) Retreat to Cluny.

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

8. What did Abelard do in the place Peter the Venerable sent him?
(a) Set up a new monastery.
(b) Continued his studies.
(c) Saw Heloise.
(d) Wrote a book about religion.

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

10. What else does Heloise ask Abelard in Letter 6?
(a) To describe the authority due to one in her position.
(b) To describe his devotional practice.
(c) To declare his love for her.
(d) To describe the people at his monastery.

11. What does Letter 7 describe to Heloise?
(a) Reasons why women should receive lighter burdens.
(b) Examples of women who bore more than men could bear.
(c) Reasons why women should not receive lighter burdens.
(d) Examples of women favored by the church.

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

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

14. Where does Heloise find justification for what she asks Abelard in Letter 6?
(a) Papal dispensations.
(b) Convent practice.
(c) The Rule of the Saints.
(d) Scripture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What should Abelard do in order to emulate the standard she sets for him?

2. In Letter 8, what does Abelard say women tend to stray toward?

3. What did the sender of Letter 9 advise Abelard to do?

4. What does Abelard say life becomes in poverty?

5. To what does Abelard respond at first in Letter 7?

(see the answer keys)

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