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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) Trades.
(b) Learning.
(c) Government work.
(d) Art.

2. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Hopeless.
(c) Uncomfortable.
(d) Content.

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

4. What does Abelard admit to in Letter 3?
(a) Disappointing her.
(b) Avoiding contact with her.
(c) Owing her a great debt.
(d) Feeling freed of her.

5. What does Heloise doubt about Abelard?
(a) Whether he wanted her for himself or for another.
(b) Whether his words were honest.
(c) Whether he was prepared to take care of her.
(d) What drew him to her.

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

7. How did Abelard seduce Heloise?
(a) He sent her anonymous letters.
(b) He stole her away from her parents.
(c) He took her on as a private student in his home.
(d) He lodged with her family.

8. What does Abelard say is the cause of his feeling?
(a) His physical pain.
(b) His despair at his condition.
(c) His absence from Heloise.
(d) His nostalgia for their lovemaking.

9. What does Heloise say was her and Abelard's sin?
(a) Disobedience.
(b) Apostasy.
(c) Sacrilege.
(d) Fornication.

10. In Letter 4, what does Heloise say her feelings are in response to Abelard's letter?
(a) Disappointment.
(b) Delight.
(c) Relief.
(d) Misery.

11. What does Abelard say Heloise should focus on entirely?
(a) The salvation of her soul.
(b) The salvation of his soul.
(c) The arrogance of their actions.
(d) Making things right with her father.

12. What does Abelard say motivated him to tell Heloise the things that filled her with despair?
(a) Desire to fill her soul with awe and desire for repentance.
(b) Desire for God's forgiveness.
(c) Desire to educate her about man's wicked ways.
(d) Desire to share in suffering out of love.

13. What explanation does Abelard offer for his action?
(a) He did not want to make her suffer.
(b) He thought she could not love him now.
(c) He wanted to put the past behind him.
(d) He thought their time together was over.

14. What explanation does Abelard offer for his trials?
(a) His sins.
(b) Cruel fate.
(c) Original sin.
(d) Malicious men.

15. What does Abelard say he wants others' prayers to help him avoid?
(a) Going to hell.
(b) Being killed.
(c) Being exiled.
(d) Being harmed further.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Heloise say, in Letter 4, she cannot find?

2. Who does Abelard describe as an example of what he is talking about?

3. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard NOT to do?

4. What enables Abelard to return to Paris?

5. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?

(see the answer keys)

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