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

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

3. What does Abelard say Heloise became when she became his wife?
(a) His inferior.
(b) His student.
(c) His superior.
(d) His teacher.

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

5. 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 was going to send to his henchmen.
(c) By saying that she saw a letter he had written to a friend.
(d) By saying that she saw a letter her father had written to the abbot.

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

7. What does Abelard say has increased in him recently?
(a) Devotion.
(b) Fear.
(c) Nostalgia.
(d) Lust.

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

9. What aspects of his personality does Abelard attribute to his native region?
(a) His even temper.
(b) His love of women.
(c) His devotion.
(d) His volatile personality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Abelard return in his third letter to Heloise?

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

3. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?

4. Why did Abelard's teacher come to dislike him?

5. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to accept?

(see the answer keys)

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