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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Abelard's father's plan for Abelard?
(a) Art.
(b) Government work.
(c) Trades.
(d) Learning.

2. What does Abelard say Heloise became when she became his wife?
(a) His inferior.
(b) His teacher.
(c) His student.
(d) His superior.

3. Where does Heloise say her happiness will come from now?
(a) Self-renunciation.
(b) God alone.
(c) Abelard alone.
(d) Duty.

4. How does Heloise describe her and Abelard's story?
(a) Tragic and unbearable.
(b) Sad and moving.
(c) Moral and instructive.
(d) Appalling and outrageous.

5. What does Abelard affirm to Heloise?
(a) His devotion to God.
(b) His suffering.
(c) His love.
(d) His outrage.

6. What does Heloise say, in Letter 4, she cannot find?
(a) Devotion.
(b) Penitence.
(c) Obedience.
(d) Patience.

7. How does Abelard say he writes to Heloise?
(a) As a lover.
(b) As a superior.
(c) As an inferior.
(d) As a teacher.

8. What were the contents of the letter Heloise saw?
(a) Heloise's father asking the authorities to punish Abelard.
(b) Abelard lamenting his and Heloise's plight.
(c) Heloise's father asking his men to take revenge.
(d) Heloise's mother asking her husband to be lenient on Abelard.

9. What does Abelard say was the consequence of his lust for Heloise?
(a) He betrayed her father's trust.
(b) He forgot his duties as a teacher.
(c) He lost his reverence for God.
(d) He defiled her soul.

10. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard to do?
(a) Rescue her from the convent.
(b) Tell her about his situation in detail.
(c) Spare her further grief.
(d) Come to see her.

11. What does Heloise say about herself?
(a) That she is a hypocrite.
(b) That she is the most fortunate of women.
(c) That she is the most miserable of women.
(d) That she is chaste.

12. What does Abelard say has increased in him recently?
(a) Devotion.
(b) Lust.
(c) Nostalgia.
(d) Fear.

13. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to accept?
(a) God's will.
(b) His forgiveness.
(c) Her father's forgiveness.
(d) Her father's permission to return home.

14. What is the relationship between the first letter and the others?
(a) It predicts what will come.
(b) It summarizes the action of the remaining letters.
(c) It comments on the action that already unfolded in the remaining letters.
(d) It sets the stage.

15. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard NOT to do?
(a) Remember her.
(b) Pray for her.
(c) Praise her.
(d) Write to her.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Abelard answer Heloise's second letter in Letter 5?

2. What was the status of Abelard's father?

3. What does Heloise say she has sought out for Abelard?

4. What explanation does Abelard offer for his action?

5. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to stop in the future?

(see the answer keys)

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