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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 still has her eyes to see the world.
(c) That Abelard is still alive to be her companion.
(d) That she is still there to comfort him.

2. How does Heloise describe Abelard's situation?
(a) She says he should suffer until death.
(b) She says he has paid the price with his castration.
(c) She says he will never be finished expiating his crime.
(d) She says he is forgiven in her eyes and so should no longer suffer.

3. Who does Abelard describe as an example of what he is talking about?
(a) A Chinese woman.
(b) A German woman.
(c) An Italian woman.
(d) An Ethiopian woman.

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

5. In what way does Heloise say Abelard disregarded custom?
(a) By failing to describe her as his wife.
(b) By writing with only grief and worry.
(c) By writing to her at the convent.
(d) By asking her to intervene in his salvation.

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

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

8. 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 to educate her about man's wicked ways.
(d) Desire for God's forgiveness.

9. In what way does Heloise pretend in her first letter to Abelard?
(a) She pretends to be optimistic about seeing Abelard again.
(b) She pretends to be miserable over Abelard's plight.
(c) She pretends not to make a demand.
(d) She pretends to be happy where she is.

10. What enables Abelard to return to Paris?
(a) William of Champeaux invited him back.
(b) Anselm of Canterbury offered him his chair in the university.
(c) William of Champeaux's reputation was in decline.
(d) William of Champeaux offered him his chair at the university.

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

12. What does Heloise say she admires?
(a) The things Abelard sacrificed to be with her.
(b) The honesty with which Abelard followed philosophy.
(c) The courage Abelard showed by fighting for her.
(d) The debt Abelard took upon himself.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard remind Heloise he did when she was pregnant?

2. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?

3. Where does Heloise say her happiness will come from now?

4. What was Abelard and Heloise's son named?

5. Why does Abelard say that Heloise deserves praise?

(see the answer keys)

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