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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Abelard study?
(a) Berlin.
(b) Nantes.
(c) Zurich.
(d) Paris.

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

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

4. What does Abelard say was the consequence of his lust for Heloise?
(a) He betrayed her father's trust.
(b) He lost his reverence for God.
(c) He forgot his duties as a teacher.
(d) He defiled her soul.

5. What condition did Abelard impose on his marriage with Heloise?
(a) That it take place immediately.
(b) That it be a large celebration.
(c) That it not take place for two years.
(d) That it take place in secret.

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

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

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

9. To what does Abelard refer her as proof of what he says?
(a) Her childhood.
(b) Ordinary experience.
(c) His letter.
(d) Scripture.

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

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

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

13. How, in Letter 5, does Abelard say Heloise should see him now?
(a) As her partner in guilt and grace.
(b) As her deliverer.
(c) As her enemy.
(d) As her saint.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Heloise say will prevent her from praying for Abelard?

3. In Letter 4, what does Heloise say her feelings are in response to Abelard's letter?

4. What does Abelard say motivated him to tell Heloise the things that filled her with despair?

5. What does Heloise remind Abelard of?

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