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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Abelard feel about his castration?
(a) It was Fulbert's right.
(b) It was an outrage against his humanity.
(c) It destroyed him.
(d) It was a reprisal for the evil he'd done.

2. What else does Abelard ask Heloise to do pray for?
(a) Faith to see her through.
(b) Never to forget.
(c) Freedom from pain.
(d) To forget him.

3. What was Abelard and Heloise's son named?
(a) Norman.
(b) Christian.
(c) Astralabe.
(d) Anselm.

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

5. How does Abelard answer Heloise's second letter in Letter 5?
(a) Indirectly.
(b) Impressionistically.
(c) In roundabout fashion.
(d) Point by point.

6. What was the status of Abelard's father?
(a) Merchant.
(b) Knight.
(c) Preacher.
(d) Professor.

7. In what way did Abelard establish his reputation and earn a following?
(a) Studying with Anselm of Laon.
(b) Fighting with William of Champeaux.
(c) Debating philosophy.
(d) Debating scripture.

8. How does Heloise describe herself to Abelard?
(a) The luckiest of women.
(b) The most wretched of women.
(c) The most irreligious woman.
(d) The most hypocritical woman.

9. What does Heloise say makes it impossible to endure Abelard's absence?
(a) Delight in the sinfulness of fornication.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Her knowledge of God's grace.
(d) Memory of the pleasure of lovemaking.

10. What does Heloise ask Abelard in her first letter?
(a) When she will see him again.
(b) How he is doing.
(c) Why she has not heard from him.
(d) What he has done about rescuing her from the convent.

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

12. 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 letting them sin in the first place.
(d) His punishing them after they atoned for their sin

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

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

15. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to stop in the future?
(a) Doubting God's grace.
(b) Trying to see him.
(c) Rebelling against fate.
(d) Writing him with her complaints.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Heloise tell Abelard she will do for him?

2. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?

3. In what way does Heloise say Abelard disregarded custom?

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

5. What does Heloise say was her and Abelard's sin?

(see the answer keys)

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