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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) Listen to the details of her feelings.
(b) Ask her to recount her sufferings.
(c) Be sensitive to her weakness.
(d) Hold her to a standard above herself.

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. What step did the sender recommend Abelard to take to change his position?
(a) Recant his writing.
(b) Surrender himself.
(c) Stop writing.
(d) Remove offensive language from his writing.

7. What does Peter the Venerable say Abelard's last days with him were devoted to?
(a) Praying.
(b) Service.
(c) God.
(d) Writing.

8. What does Peter the Venerable say about Abelard?
(a) He praises his temperament.
(b) He praises his work.
(c) He praises his writing.
(d) He praises his intellect.

9. How would you describe Abelard's method of arranging Letter 7?
(a) A developmental crescendo.
(b) Chaotic.
(c) Orderly.
(d) Haphazard.

10. Who does Heloise say in Letter 6 Abelard should imitate?
(a) Christ.
(b) The abbot.
(c) Her.
(d) The pope.

11. 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.

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

13. Where does God look for virtue, according to Heloise?
(a) A person's acts.
(b) The mind.
(c) The heart.
(d) The conscience.

14. What does Peter the Venerable say he is particularly impressed by?
(a) Heloise's beauty.
(b) Heloise's graceful movements.
(c) Heloise's learning.
(d) Heloise's devotion to Abelard.

15. In Letter 8, what does Abelard say women tend to stray toward?
(a) Earthly distractions.
(b) Men.
(c) Sensual pleasures.
(d) Society.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard say about the daughters of Aaron?

2. What request of Heloise's does Abelard fail to fulfill in Letter 7?

3. What else did Abelard do right before he died?

4. How does Abelard define poverty?

5. What provision does Heloise ask Abelard to include in what he makes for her?

(see the answer keys)

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