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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Abelard say motivated him to tell Heloise the things that filled her with despair?
(a) Desire to share in suffering out of love.
(b) Desire to fill her soul with awe and desire for repentance.
(c) Desire for God's forgiveness.
(d) Desire to educate her about man's wicked ways.

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

3. What does Heloise say men say about her?
(a) That she is the most fortunate of women.
(b) That she is chaste.
(c) That she is a hypocrite.
(d) That she is the most miserable of women.

4. What was Abelard and Heloise's son named?
(a) Anselm.
(b) Norman.
(c) Christian.
(d) Astralabe.

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

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

7. What does Abelard say in Letter 5 that he hopes to avoid?
(a) Forgiveness.
(b) Devotion.
(c) Further punishment.
(d) Begging for mercy.

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

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

10. 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 predicts what will come.
(d) It sets the stage.

11. What did Abelard do with his inheritance?
(a) Gave it to his brother's eldest son.
(b) Gave it to the church.
(c) Gave it to his mother.
(d) Managed it together with his brothers.

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

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

14. What are Heloise's feelings at losing Abelard?
(a) Injustice.
(b) Great sorrow.
(c) Mixed relief and sadness.
(d) Outrage and despair.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What explanation does Abelard offer for his trials?

2. Whom does Abelard want to pray for him?

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

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

5. To what does Abelard refer her as proof of what he says?

(see the answer keys)

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