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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?
(a) Disdain.
(b) Honor.
(c) Forgiveness.
(d) Tribute.

3. To what does Abelard return in his third letter to Heloise?
(a) Asking for her forgiveness.
(b) Asking for her whereabouts.
(c) Asking her to pray for him.
(d) Asking her for help.

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

5. What does Abelard say he wants as an outcome of others' prayers?
(a) Justice.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Forgiveness.
(d) To survive.

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

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

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

9. What else does Heloise ask Abelard to think about?
(a) How long his penance should last.
(b) Whether his sin was responsible for his suffering.
(c) What will constitute justice, in his situation.
(d) How much she has served him.

10. Why did Abelard's teacher come to dislike him?
(a) Because Abelard was arrogant and disruptive.
(b) Because Abelard had an affair with a serving girl.
(c) Because Abelard was heavily in debt to him.
(d) Because Abelard set out to disprove him.

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

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

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

14. What enables Abelard to return to Paris?
(a) William of Champeaux's reputation was in decline.
(b) William of Champeaux invited him back.
(c) Anselm of Canterbury offered him his chair in the university.
(d) William of Champeaux offered him his chair at the university.

15. What does Heloise say are her feelings toward God?
(a) Irritation.
(b) Indignation.
(c) Devotion.
(d) Nostalgia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Abelard study?

2. How does Abelard say he writes to Heloise?

3. What does Heloise say Abelard should not have done for her sake?

4. Who else does Heloise say was affected by Abelard's letter?

5. In Letter 5, what does Abelard say he is surprised by?

(see the answer keys)

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