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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why aren't outward manifestations reliable in indicating devotion, according to Heloise?
(a) People can learn them from each other.
(b) They vary from person to person.
(c) They can be feigned.
(d) They are not reliable.

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

3. Who does Peter the Venerable cite to Heloise in his letter?
(a) Women who led other women.
(b) Women who loved great men.
(c) Women who led nations.
(d) Women who overcame difficulties.

4. What should people focus on, according to Abelard in Letter 8?
(a) Giving lay people an example.
(b) Purifying the race of its spiritual flaws.
(c) Bringing the Messiah.
(d) Submitting to God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. 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 strong should try to strengthen the weak to bear more burdens.
(d) The weak cannot bear the same burdens as the strong.

12. From whom was Abelard seeking refuge?
(a) The Abbot of Citeaux.
(b) The pope.
(c) Anselm of Laon.
(d) Fulbert.

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

14. Who received Letter 9?
(a) The pope.
(b) Heloise.
(c) Abelard.
(d) The Abbott of Cluny.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Abelard say women acted in the early church?

2. What does Peter the Venerable say about Abelard?

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

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

5. What did the sender of Letter 9 ask from his correspondent?

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