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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 fill her soul with awe and desire for repentance.
(b) Desire to share in suffering out of love.
(c) Desire to educate her about man's wicked ways.
(d) Desire for God's forgiveness.

2. What did William of Champeaux do at the beginning of Abelard's career?
(a) Furnish him with letters of recommendation.
(b) Loan him start-up money.
(c) Try to stop him.
(d) Encourage him.

3. Where did Abelard study?
(a) Nantes.
(b) Paris.
(c) Zurich.
(d) Berlin.

4. What does Heloise say was her and Abelard's sin?
(a) Fornication.
(b) Sacrilege.
(c) Apostasy.
(d) Disobedience.

5. What occasions Heloise's feelings about God?
(a) His patience with them in their blindness.
(b) His letting them sin in the first place.
(c) His punishing them after they atoned for their sin
(d) His allowing them to be blind to virtue.

6. Who else does Heloise say was affected by Abelard's letter?
(a) Her father.
(b) God.
(c) The nuns.
(d) His abbot.

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

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

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

10. How does Heloise open her first letter to Abelard?
(a) By saying that she saw a letter he had written to a friend.
(b) By saying that she saw a letter her father had written to the abbot.
(c) By saying that she saw a letter the abbot was going to send to Abelard.
(d) By saying that she saw a letter her father was going to send to his henchmen.

11. What does Abelard say is a danger to Heloise's body?
(a) Her despair.
(b) Her bitterness.
(c) Her lust.
(d) Her devotion.

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

13. What does Abelard say was the consequence of his lust for Heloise?
(a) He lost his reverence for God.
(b) He forgot his duties as a teacher.
(c) He betrayed her father's trust.
(d) He defiled her soul.

14. How does Heloise describe her and Abelard's story?
(a) Appalling and outrageous.
(b) Moral and instructive.
(c) Tragic and unbearable.
(d) Sad and moving.

15. What was the status of Abelard's father?
(a) Preacher.
(b) Knight.
(c) Professor.
(d) Merchant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Heloise remind Abelard of?

2. In Letter 4, for what does Heloise say she is grateful?

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

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

5. What does Heloise say she has sought out for Abelard?

(see the answer keys)

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