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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. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?
(a) Consolation eased.
(b) Consolation doubled.
(c) The basis of love.
(d) All the consolation there is.

2. What was the status of Abelard's father?
(a) Knight.
(b) Merchant.
(c) Preacher.
(d) Professor.

3. Why does Abelard say he filled Heloise with despair in his letter?
(a) Because she asked him to share his sorrow.
(b) Because his conscience required he tell her.
(c) Because he felt she needed to know.
(d) Because he felt she shared his sin and ought to share his sorrow afterward.

4. In Letter 4, what does Heloise say her feelings are in response to Abelard's letter?
(a) Disappointment.
(b) Misery.
(c) Delight.
(d) Relief.

5. In Letter 5, what does Abelard say he is surprised by?
(a) Heloise's devotion.
(b) Heloise's refusal to accept her situation.
(c) Heloise's lustfulness.
(d) Heloise's bitterness.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who else does Heloise say was affected by Abelard's letter?

3. What does Abelard say was the consequence of his lust for Heloise?

4. What does Heloise say are her feelings toward God?

5. To what does Abelard return in his third letter to Heloise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Abelard give for writing to Heloise again in Letter 5?

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

3. What is Heloise's response to Peter the Venerable?

4. How does Heloise compare Abelard and God?

5. How does Abelard end Letter 7?

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

7. What does the author of Letter 9 ask of his correspondent?

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

9. What occasioned Heloise's letter to Abelard?

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

(see the answer keys)

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