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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What should Abelard do in order to emulate the standard she sets for him?
(a) Ask her to recount her sufferings.
(b) Listen to the details of her feelings.
(c) Hold her to a standard above herself.
(d) Be sensitive to her weakness.

2. Why did Peter the Venerable send Abelard away?
(a) To instruct monks.
(b) To have an operation.
(c) To recuperate.
(d) To find a safe refuge.

3. Where is weakness taken into account, according to Heloise?
(a) The Old Testament.
(b) Convent conventions.
(c) Canon law.
(d) The Kabala.

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

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

6. Why does Heloise argue for special dispensations?
(a) Not everyone can emulate the sufferings of Christ the same way.
(b) Monastic life should not be imposed on people who will only fail at it.
(c) Monastic life was designed for ascetics, not for everyone.
(d) She does not want certain nuns to be sent away from the convent.

7. What should the practice of silence result in, according to Abelard?
(a) Emptying the mind.
(b) Purifying the mind.
(c) Ascending to God.
(d) Concentrating the mind.

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

9. 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 describe the reasons for her to go on being a nun.
(d) To forgive her.

10. What news about Abelard does the sender of Letter 9 relate?
(a) That he has proposed an order for nuns.
(b) That he is becoming a popular leader.
(c) That he is instituting progressive reforms.
(d) That he is accused of heresy.

11. What did Abelard do right before he died?
(a) Write to Peter the Venerable.
(b) Write to the pope.
(c) Declare his love to Heloise.
(d) Profess his faith.

12. To what does Abelard respond at first in Letter 7?
(a) Heloise's request for patience.
(b) Heloise's request for leniency.
(c) Heloise's initial quotes about nuns' practices.
(d) Heloise's demand for information.

13. What does Abelard say nuns should study?
(a) Religion.
(b) Scripture.
(c) Government.
(d) History.

14. How does Abelard say women acted in the early church?
(a) He says that women were devoted to Christ early on.
(b) He says that women were the first to ask for rules of worship.
(c) He says that women were among the first to persecute the apostles.
(d) He says that women doubted Christ's divinity.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For what did Heloise ask Peter the Venerable in her response?

2. What did Abelard do in the place Peter the Venerable sent him?

3. What does Abelard say he is correcting with the life of silence?

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

5. What does Peter the Venerable say he admires?

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