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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what way does Heloise say Abelard disregarded custom?
(a) By writing to her at the convent.
(b) By asking her to intervene in his salvation.
(c) By failing to describe her as his wife.
(d) By writing with only grief and worry.

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. What does Heloise remind Abelard of?
(a) How he resisted her requests to marry.
(b) How she resisted his advances.
(c) How he was brave in the face of her father's disapproval.
(d) How she resisted his requests to marry.

7. Whom does Abelard want to pray for him?
(a) The men who castrated him.
(b) Heloise's father.
(c) Only Heloise.
(d) Heloise and the nuns.

8. Who does Heloise say commanded her to be a nun?
(a) Her father.
(b) Her abbot.
(c) Abelard.
(d) God.

9. What does Abelard say he will do to Heloise in Letter 5?
(a) Disappoint her.
(b) Enlighten her.
(c) Pray for her.
(d) Encourage her.

10. What does Abelard remind Heloise he did when she was pregnant?
(a) Hide her from her parents.
(b) Marry in secret.
(c) Disguise her as a nun.
(d) Send her away for her confinement.

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

12. For what does Abelard ask Heloise to pray?
(a) Death.
(b) Justice.
(c) Forgiveness.
(d) Revenge.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Heloise's feelings at losing Abelard?

2. What does Heloise ask Abelard to think about?

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

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

5. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard NOT to do?

(see the answer keys)

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