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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. In Letter 4, what does Heloise beg Abelard to do?
(a) Tell her about his situation in detail.
(b) Come to see her.
(c) Spare her further grief.
(d) Rescue her from the convent.

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

3. What explanation does Abelard offer for his trials?
(a) His sins.
(b) Cruel fate.
(c) Malicious men.
(d) Original sin.

4. What enables Abelard to return to Paris?
(a) William of Champeaux offered him his chair at the university.
(b) William of Champeaux invited him back.
(c) Anselm of Canterbury offered him his chair in the university.
(d) William of Champeaux's reputation was in decline.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Heloise say she admires?

2. In Letter 5, what does Abelard say he is surprised by?

3. In what way does Heloise say Abelard disregarded custom?

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

5. How does Heloise describe her and Abelard's story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Abelard say about the Cumean Sibyl?

3. Describe the conditions of Abelard's death.

4. What does Abelard say is the purpose of monastic life?

5. How does Abelard end Letter 7?

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

7. Why does Abelard say he was avoiding contact with Heloise?

8. What is Abelard's advice with regard to scripture?

9. What does Abelard ask Heloise to stop doing in the future?

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

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