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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the logic behind Heloise's request to Abelard?
(a) The weak should be able to bear the same burdens as the strong.
(b) The weak should be just as burdened as the strong.
(c) The weak cannot bear the same burdens as the strong.
(d) The strong should try to strengthen the weak to bear more burdens.

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

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

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

6. What does Abelard say life becomes in poverty?
(a) A resource.
(b) A community.
(c) A common store.
(d) A firm law.

7. What reason does the sender give for writing Letter 9?
(a) He is looking for contributions for Abelard.
(b) He is looking for support for Abelard.
(c) He is writing on Abelard's behalf.
(d) He is preparing Abelard's case.

8. Which is not a part of the Rule Abelard describes to Heloise in Letter 8?
(a) The life of silence.
(b) The life of continence.
(c) The life of poverty.
(d) The life of prayer.

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

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

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

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

13. What else did Abelard do right before he died?
(a) Compose hymns.
(b) Confess his sins.
(c) Write out his last will.
(d) Receive absolution.

14. What does Peter the Venerable say is his estimation of Abelard?
(a) A brilliant religious thinker.
(b) A skilled manager.
(c) An effective bureaucrat.
(d) Truly a great man.

15. How had Abelard handled the sender of Letter 9's recommendation?
(a) He had not responded.
(b) He refused it.
(c) He said he would take it.
(d) He already acted on it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Heloise's response to Peter the Venerable's letter?

2. When did the practice of monasteries and convents begin?

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

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

5. Where did Peter the Venerable send Abelard?

(see the answer keys)

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