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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. To whom did Abelard write the first letter?
(a) A friend.
(b) Heloise's father.
(c) Heloise.
(d) His father.

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

3. How does Abelard answer Heloise's second letter in Letter 5?
(a) Impressionistically.
(b) In roundabout fashion.
(c) Point by point.
(d) Indirectly.

4. What is the relationship between the first letter and the others?
(a) It predicts what will come.
(b) It comments on the action that already unfolded in the remaining letters.
(c) It summarizes the action of the remaining letters.
(d) It sets the stage.

5. What were the contents of the letter Heloise saw?
(a) Heloise's father asking the authorities to punish Abelard.
(b) Heloise's father asking his men to take revenge.
(c) Abelard lamenting his and Heloise's plight.
(d) Heloise's mother asking her husband to be lenient on Abelard.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Letter 4, what does Heloise say her feelings are in response to Abelard's letter?

2. What does Heloise say makes it impossible to endure Abelard's absence?

3. How does Heloise open her first letter to Abelard?

4. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?

5. What does Heloise tell Abelard she will do for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three parts of Abelard's rule?

3. What intercession does the author of Letter 9 want to make?

4. What does Abelard ask Heloise and her nuns to do?

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

6. How did Abelard seduce Heloise?

7. What does Abelard remind Heloise of in Letter 5?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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