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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Letter 4, for what does Heloise say she is grateful?
(a) That the tempter did not get her to do wrong.
(b) That she is still there to comfort him.
(c) That Abelard is still alive to be her companion.
(d) That she still has her eyes to see the world.

2. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to stop in the future?
(a) Doubting God's grace.
(b) Trying to see him.
(c) Rebelling against fate.
(d) Writing him with her complaints.

3. To what does Abelard return in his third letter to Heloise?
(a) Asking her for help.
(b) Asking her to pray for him.
(c) Asking for her whereabouts.
(d) Asking for her forgiveness.

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

5. What does Abelard say is the cause of his feeling?
(a) His absence from Heloise.
(b) His physical pain.
(c) His despair at his condition.
(d) His nostalgia for their lovemaking.

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

7. How does Heloise open her first letter to Abelard?
(a) By saying that she saw a letter the abbot was going to send to Abelard.
(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 he had written to a friend.

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

9. What does Heloise say she has sought out for Abelard?
(a) Revenge.
(b) His due.
(c) His glory.
(d) Justice.

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

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

12. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to accept?
(a) God's will.
(b) Her father's permission to return home.
(c) His forgiveness.
(d) Her father's forgiveness.

13. 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 predicts what will come.
(c) It sets the stage.
(d) It summarizes the action of the remaining letters.

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

15. To whom did Abelard write the first letter?
(a) His father.
(b) Heloise's father.
(c) A friend.
(d) Heloise.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?

2. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?

3. What does Heloise say, in Letter 4, she cannot find?

4. What does Heloise say was her and Abelard's sin?

5. What did Abelard do with his inheritance?

(see the answer keys)

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