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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was Abelard's father's plan for Abelard?
(a) Art.
(b) Trades.
(c) Government work.
(d) Learning.

3. Why did Abelard's teacher come to dislike him?
(a) Because Abelard was heavily in debt to him.
(b) Because Abelard had an affair with a serving girl.
(c) Because Abelard set out to disprove him.
(d) Because Abelard was arrogant and disruptive.

4. To what does Abelard refer her as proof of what he says?
(a) Scripture.
(b) His letter.
(c) Ordinary experience.
(d) Her childhood.

5. What does Abelard admit to in Letter 3?
(a) Feeling freed of her.
(b) Avoiding contact with her.
(c) Owing her a great debt.
(d) Disappointing her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard say is the cause of his feeling?

2. Who does Heloise say commanded her to be a nun?

3. What does Heloise say about herself?

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

5. What does Abelard affirm to Heloise?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Letter 7, what examples of women in the church does Abelard use from antiquity?

2. Where does Abelard say his sufferings came from?

3. What does Heloise ask at the end of Letter 6?

4. What does Heloise say about virtue?

5. What does Peter the Venerable send to Heloise in the final letter?

6. To what does Heloise appeal, in Letter 6, in justifying her argument?

7. Describe Abelard's relationship with William of Champeaux.

8. What does Heloise say about the men who call her chaste?

9. What promise does Peter the Venerable make to Heloise in his last letter?

10. List a few examples Abelard uses of women serving Christianity.

(see the answer keys)

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