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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was Abelard's second enemy in the university system?
(a) Anselm of Canterbury.
(b) Anselm of Laon.
(c) William of Champeaux.
(d) Fulbert.

2. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard NOT to do?
(a) Pray for her.
(b) Write to her.
(c) Praise her.
(d) Remember her.

3. How did Abelard seduce Heloise?
(a) He stole her away from her parents.
(b) He lodged with her family.
(c) He sent her anonymous letters.
(d) He took her on as a private student in his home.

4. In what way did Abelard establish his reputation and earn a following?
(a) Studying with Anselm of Laon.
(b) Debating scripture.
(c) Debating philosophy.
(d) Fighting with William of Champeaux.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Abelard make sure to say was NOT the case for his action?
(a) That he was proud of what happened.
(b) That he wanted to hide.
(c) That he did not care for her.
(d) That he felt he owed her a great debt.

10. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?
(a) Disdain.
(b) Honor.
(c) Forgiveness.
(d) Tribute.

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

12. What does Heloise tell Abelard she will do for him?
(a) Find him at his monastery.
(b) Repay him in love for what he has lost.
(c) Repay her father's men for what they did.
(d) Whatever he asks.

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

14. Where does Heloise say her happiness will come from now?
(a) God alone.
(b) Self-renunciation.
(c) Abelard alone.
(d) Duty.

15. What does Abelard say Heloise should focus on entirely?
(a) Making things right with her father.
(b) The salvation of her soul.
(c) The arrogance of their actions.
(d) The salvation of his soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the relationship between the first letter and the others?

2. What does Heloise say will prevent her from praying for Abelard?

3. What else does Heloise ask Abelard to think about?

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

5. What does Heloise remind Abelard of?

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