Women and the Church
Women and the Church

Women and the Church

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A question pack focused on medieval woman writers.

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Medieval Times, Medieval Women Q1

According to most historians, why was it so important for a man to marry a virgin wife?

A

it assured him that his children were his own

B

it assured him that his wife would carry a dowry with her

C

it assured him that his wife was not a sinner

D

it assured him that her wife would never commit adultery

E

it assured him that she was not affiliated with the Church

Women and the Church Q1

Who wrote The Rules of Courtly Love?

A

Christine de Pizan

B

Catherine of Sienna

C

Andreas Capellanus

D

Chretien de Troye

E

Julian of Norwich

Women and the Church Q2

Why do most critics also refer to the Middle Ages as the Dark Ages?

A

it was a period of surging Roman institutions

B

the production of historical records increased

C

there are few primary sources that reconstruct the history of the time

D

the lack of technology made it literally dark

E

it was a time of great stability and progress

Women and the Church Q3

What is oral transmission?

A

a method of communication used solely by the early Church

B

the spreading of material by word of mouth

C

a mode of communication used mainly after the rise of literacy

D

a method of communication that became prominent at the end of the Middle Ages

E

a literary used mainly to composed French Romances

Women and the Church Q4

How did increased lay participation in religious life impact monasteries?

A

it made them more valuable sources of information

B

it made them seem irrelevant since they separated religious life from worldly life

C

it made them more important since there were few literate lay worshipers

D

it made them symbols of the Church's progress

E

it made them examples of how literacy was unimportant to religious life

Women and the Church Q5

How did lay literacy affect traditional devotional practices?

A

people stopped reading the Bible

B

people increasingly turned to visual art in order to learn about religion

C

people could be religious without the help of a clergy

D

interest in the Church history declined rapidly

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q6

Identify the speaker of these lines: "sweet Jesus, Jesus love"

A

Julian of Norwich

B

Margery Kempe

C

Catherine of Siena

D

Christine de Pizan

E

Marie de France

Women and the Church Q7

In the context of Medieval literature, what does "inner rule" mean?

A

it is the part of life that takes precedence over "outer rule"

B

it includes issues that pertain to the heart

C

it is part of the anchoress' inner self

D

it is the most important part of Ancrene Wisse

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q8

In the context of Medieval literature, what does "outer rule" mean?

A

it includes issues that pertain to the heart

B

it refers to anchoress' everyday behavior

C

it is part of the anchoress' inner self

D

it is the most important part of Ancrene Wisse

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q9

In the context of Medieval literature, what does the term "mystical marriage" mean?

A

it is a spiritual, but not legal, union between two people

B

it is a union supported by the Church

C

it is a union between anchorites

D

it is a mystical union between two people

E

it is a spiritual union with God

Women and the Church Q10

In the medieval Church, devotional acts ______________.

A

cancelled out punishment due to sin

B

depended entirely on literacy

C

were considered "unimportant" by mystics

D

were only performed by men

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q11

In what centuries did mystical women writers primarily work?

A

8th and 9th centuries

B

9th and 10th centuries

C

10th and 11th centuries

D

14th and 15th centuries

E

16th and 17th centuries

Women and the Church Q12

Kempe's acts of devotion included:

A

fasting

B

meditation

C

wearing white clothing

D

weeping

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q13

What are "books of hours?"

A

personal books used as journals

B

popular books before the invention of the printing press

C

books of prayers used at Christian Mass

D

books of information about the history of the Church

E

private books of prayers to be recited throughout the day

Women and the Church Q14

What does the term "monasticism" mean?

A

it describes a life based on retreat from society

B

it describes the importance of communication with others in order to reach salvation

C

it describes a form of worship based on praying to devotional art

D

it describes a way of life that became popular after the Middle Ages

E

it describes a life chosen by lay people

Women and the Church Q15

What is affective piety?

A

a term associated with oral transmission

B

an important trait of the medieval lay

C

a literary device used in estates satire

D

a dramatic demonstration of faith

E

a term associated with courtly love

Women and the Church Q16

What is an anchoress?

A

a medieval female hermit

B

a woman who rejects the support of the community because she feels it is sexist

C

a male anchorite

D

a religious teacher in the medieval era

E

a woman who believes that community devotional practices are the path to salvation

Women and the Church Q17

What is hagiography?

A

the literary form linked closely with courtly love

B

a method of creating a mystical union

C

a term associated with oral transmission

D

the writing and studying of saints' lives

E

the cultural interest in aristocratic romances

Women and the Church Q18

What is the function of Ancrene Wisse?

A

paradox

B

affective piety

C

imagery

D

pathos

E

All of the Above_a

F

it is a manual that teaches illiterate women Church history with pictures

G

it is a private prayer book

H

it instructs lay women in proper conduct

I

it is a manual for women who want to become nuns

J

All of the Above_b

Women and the Church Q19

What was a Lollard?

A

a hero in a courtly romance

B

a member of a sect that was considered heretical

C

a female mystic

D

an illiterate anchoress

E

a name for a villain in an oral fable

Women and the Church Q20

Which are examples of devotional acts?

A

personal prayers

B

pilgrimages

C

charitable donations

D

prayers on the sinner's behalf

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q21

Which best describes the work of a mystic?

A

the mystic is primarily tasked with intellectual work within monasteries

B

the mystic is a visionary who experiences divine insight

C

the mystic uses a religious platform to promote equal rights for women

D

the mystic usually works as a scribe

E

the mystic usually promotes asexuality for women

Women and the Church Q22

Which is/are a theme(s) of "The Acts of Thecla?"

A

courtly love

B

peasant life

C

praise of chastity

D

female literacy

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q23

Which of the following is an example of female hagiography?

A

"Revelations of Divine Love"

B

"Acts of Thecla"

C

"The Wooing of Our Lord"

D

"Orison to an Almighty God"

E

"The Wife of Bath's Tale"

Women and the Church Q24

Which of the following themes do both Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena explore?

A

the idea that community is essential to salvation

B

the concept of dualism of body and soul

C

the concept of a sensual God

D

the idea that God is separate from the human experience of love

E

the idea that literacy is necessary for women

Women and the Church Q25

Which of the following women is most closely associated with monastic life?

A

Marie de France

B

Hildegard of Bingen

C

Christine de Pizan

D

The Wife of Bath

E

Margery Kempe

Women and the Church Q26

Which of these female writers is most closely associated with tears?

A

Julian of Norwich

B

Margery Kempe

C

Catherine of Siena

D

Catherine de Pizan

E

Marie de France

Women and the Church Q27

Which of these female writers was least likely to have been literate?

A

Julian of Norwich

B

Margery Kempe

C

Catherine de Pizan

D

Heloise

E

Marie de France

Women and the Church Q28

Which speaker said that "God is more nearer to us than our own soul?"

A

Julian of Norwich

B

Margery Kempe

C

Catherine of Siena

D

Catherine de Pizan

E

Marie de France

Women and the Church Q29

Which text(s) is/are associated with mysticism?

A

The Canterbury Tales

B

"Revelations of Divine Love"

C

"Book of Hours"

D

The Romance of the Rose

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q30

Who were lay mystics?

A

people who attempt to found their own religious orders

B

people who reject asceticism and contemplation

C

people who attempted to contact God without the intervention of an established religious order

D

people who were formally tied to religious orders

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q31

Why did Catherine of Siena refuse to marry a husband?

A

she said that the institution was too flawed

B

she claimed she was already married to God

C

she wanted to make a political statement against the Church

D

she was concerned about loss of property

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q32

Why do most historians think monasticism appealed to medieval women?

A

it offered women protection from the outside world

B

it provided women with the opportunity to protect their own property

C

it provided women with a place to nourish their intellectual growth

D

it allowed women to exercise political authority in their communities

E

All of the Above

Women and the Church Q33

With which genre is "The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity" most closely associated?

A

medieval lay

B

courtly love

C

hagiography

D

romance

E

estates satire

Women and the Church Q34

With which literary form is Ancrene Wisse most closely related?

A

estate satire

B

medieval lays

C

conduct books

D

medieval allegory

E

courtly romances

Women and the Church Q35

With which text is the theme of "Christ as mother" most closely associated?

A

"Revelations of Divine Love"

B

"The Book of Margery Kempe"

C

"An Orison to Almighty God"

D

"The Wooing of Our Lord"

E

"The Wife of Bath's Tale"

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