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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Peter the Venerable say he admires?
(a) Heloise's contrition.
(b) Heloise's writings.
(c) Heloise's background.
(d) Heloise's piety.

2. How does Abelard describe wisdom in his Rule?
(a) Keeping oneself pure.
(b) Holding your tongue.
(c) Knowing your place.
(d) Knowing yourself.

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

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

5. Where did Peter the Venerable send Abelard?
(a) Citeaux.
(b) Laon.
(c) Chalon.
(d) Nantes.

6. 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.

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

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

9. What else does Peter the Venerable say he is impressed by?
(a) Heloise's recommendations to the church bureaucracy.
(b) Heloise's graceful handling of her difficulties.
(c) Heloise's generosity to the convent.
(d) Heloise's improvements in the monastic system.

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

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

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

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

14. What should nuns primarily think about, according to Abelard?
(a) God's relationship to man.
(b) The history of God and the church.
(c) The inner life.
(d) The nature of God.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Peter the Venerable send Abelard away?

2. What does Peter the Venerable say he is particularly impressed by?

3. Which role is not mentioned by Abelard when he describes the roles necessary to run a convent?

4. Who received Letter 9?

5. What is it that ultimately pleases God, according to Heloise?

(see the answer keys)

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