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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. To whom did Abelard write the first letter?
(a) Heloise's father.
(b) Heloise.
(c) A friend.
(d) His father.

3. What did Abelard do with his inheritance?
(a) Gave it to his brother's eldest son.
(b) Gave it to the church.
(c) Gave it to his mother.
(d) Managed it together with his brothers.

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

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

6. What does Abelard ask Heloise to do if he is killed?
(a) Cremate him.
(b) Bury him.
(c) Embalm him.
(d) Bless him.

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

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

9. What does Abelard say in Letter 5 that he hopes to avoid?
(a) Begging for mercy.
(b) Devotion.
(c) Further punishment.
(d) Forgiveness.

10. Who does Abelard describe as an example of what he is talking about?
(a) A German woman.
(b) An Italian woman.
(c) A Chinese woman.
(d) An Ethiopian woman.

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

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

13. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?
(a) The power of virtuous men.
(b) The power of prayer.
(c) The inevitability of suffering.
(d) The inevitability of justice.

14. Who else does Heloise say was affected by Abelard's letter?
(a) The nuns.
(b) Her father.
(c) God.
(d) His abbot.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What occasions Heloise's feelings about God?

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

3. What does Abelard say Heloise became when she became his wife?

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

5. What did William of Champeaux do at the beginning of Abelard's career?

(see the answer keys)

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