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

2. What does Abelard say he will do to Heloise in Letter 5?
(a) Pray for her.
(b) Encourage her.
(c) Enlighten her.
(d) Disappoint her.

3. What does Abelard say is the cause of his feeling?
(a) His despair at his condition.
(b) His absence from Heloise.
(c) His nostalgia for their lovemaking.
(d) His physical pain.

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

5. What does Abelard say he wants others' prayers to help him avoid?
(a) Being harmed further.
(b) Being exiled.
(c) Going to hell.
(d) Being killed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?

2. To whom did Abelard write the first letter?

3. For what does Abelard ask Heloise to pray?

4. What was Abelard's father's plan for Abelard?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Abelard say his sufferings came from?

3. In what way does Heloise say Abelard is in debt to her?

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

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

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

7. What two things does Heloise ask Abelard in Letter 6?

8. What happened after Abelard asked for a public transfer to the abbey from which he wrote the current letter?

9. What does Heloise say about her burdens in Letter 6?

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

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