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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard NOT to do?
(a) Write to her.
(b) Pray for her.
(c) Remember her.
(d) Praise her.

3. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?
(a) The basis of love.
(b) Consolation doubled.
(c) Consolation eased.
(d) All the consolation there is.

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

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

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

7. What does Abelard make sure to say was NOT the case for his action?
(a) That he was proud of what happened.
(b) That he did not care for her.
(c) That he wanted to hide.
(d) That he felt he owed her a great debt.

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

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

10. Why does Abelard say that Heloise deserves praise?
(a) Because she disavows praise.
(b) Because of her kind letter to him.
(c) Because of her devotion to God.
(d) Because she entered the convent.

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

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

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

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

15. Who was Abelard's second enemy in the university system?
(a) Fulbert.
(b) Anselm of Canterbury.
(c) William of Champeaux.
(d) Anselm of Laon.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Heloise describe herself to Abelard?

2. Where does Heloise say her happiness will come from now?

3. What occasions Heloise's feelings about God?

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

5. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?

(see the answer keys)

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