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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Abelard born?
(a) Le Pallet.
(b) Nancy.
(c) Nantes.
(d) Paris.

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

3. What does Heloise ask Abelard to think about?
(a) What she can do for him.
(b) What he owes her.
(c) What her father can do for them.
(d) Whether they ought to see each other again.

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

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

6. What does Heloise say will prevent her from praying for Abelard?
(a) Lust.
(b) Irreligious sentiments.
(c) Doubt.
(d) Distress.

7. What does Abelard admit to in Letter 3?
(a) Feeling freed of her.
(b) Owing her a great debt.
(c) Avoiding contact with her.
(d) Disappointing her.

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

9. How does Heloise open her first letter to Abelard?
(a) By saying that she saw a letter he had written to a friend.
(b) By saying that she saw a letter her father had written to the abbot.
(c) By saying that she saw a letter her father was going to send to his henchmen.
(d) By saying that she saw a letter the abbot was going to send to Abelard.

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

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

12. What sin does Abelard remind Heloise of?
(a) Falling in love before being married.
(b) Enjoying their lovemaking.
(c) Making love at the refectory.
(d) Getting married in secret.

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

14. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard to do?
(a) Tell her about his situation in detail.
(b) Rescue her from the convent.
(c) Spare her further grief.
(d) Come to see her.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard say is the cause of his feeling?

2. What does Abelard say he wants as an outcome of others' prayers?

3. What does Heloise say is Abelard's relation with her now?

4. Why does Abelard say that Heloise deserves praise?

5. What was Abelard and Heloise's son named?

(see the answer keys)

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