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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Abelard feel about his castration?
(a) It destroyed him.
(b) It was a reprisal for the evil he'd done.
(c) It was an outrage against his humanity.
(d) It was Fulbert's right.

3. What does Heloise say is Abelard's relation with her now?
(a) She owes him an enormous debt.
(b) She has to redeem him.
(c) He owes her an enormous debt.
(d) He has to redeem her.

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

5. What does Heloise ask Abelard in her first letter?
(a) What he has done about rescuing her from the convent.
(b) When she will see him again.
(c) How he is doing.
(d) Why she has not heard from him.

6. What does Heloise say Abelard should not have done for her sake?
(a) Left philosophy.
(b) Sent her away.
(c) Married her.
(d) Taken up scriptural studies.

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

8. In Letter 5, what does Abelard say he is surprised by?
(a) Heloise's devotion.
(b) Heloise's bitterness.
(c) Heloise's lustfulness.
(d) Heloise's refusal to accept her situation.

9. What does Heloise tell Abelard she will do for him?
(a) Repay her father's men for what they did.
(b) Repay him in love for what he has lost.
(c) Find him at his monastery.
(d) Whatever he asks.

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

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

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

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

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

15. Why does Abelard say he filled Heloise with despair in his letter?
(a) Because his conscience required he tell her.
(b) Because he felt she shared his sin and ought to share his sorrow afterward.
(c) Because he felt she needed to know.
(d) Because she asked him to share his sorrow.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Heloise say about herself?

2. What does Abelard say Heloise should focus on entirely?

3. What were the contents of the letter Heloise saw?

4. What does Heloise say makes it impossible to endure Abelard's absence?

5. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?

(see the answer keys)

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