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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 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) What drew him to her.
(d) Whether his words were honest.

2. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?
(a) Content.
(b) Uncomfortable.
(c) Hopeless.
(d) Peaceful.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard affirm to Heloise?

2. What else does Abelard ask Heloise to do pray for?

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

4. What does Heloise say, in Letter 4, she cannot find?

5. What did William of Champeaux do at the beginning of Abelard's career?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Heloise say about answering Abelard's requests of her?

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

3. What occasioned Heloise's letter to Abelard?

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

5. Who was Anselm of Laon and how did he figure in Abelard's career?

6. In Letter 2, what does Heloise say her motive for writing was?

7. What caused the author of Letter 9to write the letter?

8. Where did Abelard go after he went to St. Denis?

9. Describe Abelard's arguments in favor of an abbess in charge of the convent.

10. Describe what Fulbert's family did to Abelard.

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