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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?
(a) All the consolation there is.
(b) Consolation eased.
(c) The basis of love.
(d) Consolation doubled.

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

4. Why did Abelard originally send Heloise away?
(a) To let her recover from illness.
(b) To hide her pregnancy.
(c) To sequester her away from suitors.
(d) To avoid the disgrace of a hasty marriage.

5. Who does Heloise say commanded her to be a nun?
(a) Abelard.
(b) Her abbot.
(c) Her father.
(d) God.

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

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

8. What does Heloise remind Abelard of?
(a) How he resisted her requests to marry.
(b) How she resisted his advances.
(c) How he was brave in the face of her father's disapproval.
(d) How she resisted his requests to marry.

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

10. For what does Abelard ask Heloise to pray?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Forgiveness.
(c) Death.
(d) Justice.

11. What does Heloise say is Abelard's relation with her now?
(a) She has to redeem him.
(b) She owes him an enormous debt.
(c) He has to redeem her.
(d) He owes her an enormous debt.

12. What does Heloise say she admires?
(a) The things Abelard sacrificed to be with her.
(b) The courage Abelard showed by fighting for her.
(c) The honesty with which Abelard followed philosophy.
(d) The debt Abelard took upon himself.

13. What occasions Heloise's feelings about God?
(a) His allowing them to be blind to virtue.
(b) His patience with them in their blindness.
(c) His punishing them after they atoned for their sin
(d) His letting them sin in the first place.

14. Why does Abelard say he filled Heloise with despair in his letter?
(a) Because he felt she shared his sin and ought to share his sorrow afterward.
(b) Because she asked him to share his sorrow.
(c) Because his conscience required he tell her.
(d) Because he felt she needed to know.

15. How does Heloise describe Abelard's situation?
(a) She says he has paid the price with his castration.
(b) She says he is forgiven in her eyes and so should no longer suffer.
(c) She says he will never be finished expiating his crime.
(d) She says he should suffer until death.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspects of his personality does Abelard attribute to his native region?

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

3. What does Heloise doubt about Abelard?

4. How does Heloise describe her and Abelard's story?

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

(see the answer keys)

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