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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Abelard say about the daughters of Aaron?
(a) They took the priestly offices from their brothers.
(b) They excelled their brothers in devotion.
(c) They betrayed their brothers' priestly duties.
(d) They held priestly office equally with their brothers.

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

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

6. What did the woman do, whom Abelard cited in Letter 7?
(a) Discovered Christ's empty tomb.
(b) Took Christ down from the cross.
(c) Anointed Christ with oil.
(d) Prepared for the Last Supper.

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

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

9. Which role is not mentioned by Abelard when he describes the roles necessary to run a convent?
(a) A wardrobe.
(b) A shepherd.
(c) A cellaress.
(d) A portress.

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

11. When was Abelard with Peter the Venerable?
(a) In his pilgrimage through Abelard's monastery.
(b) In Peter the Venerable's travels.
(c) In the last years of Abelard's life.
(d) In Abelard's travels.

12. How are things distributed in poverty, according to Abelard?
(a) According to need.
(b) According to power.
(c) According to deserving.
(d) According to right.

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

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

15. Who was Peter the Venerable?
(a) Heloise.
(b) The Abbott of Cluny.
(c) The pope.
(d) Abelard.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does the sender give for writing Letter 9?

2. What is the tone of the last part of Letter 9?

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

4. Whom does Abelard say Jesus honored?

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

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