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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 what does Abelard refer her as proof of what he says?
(a) Her childhood.
(b) Scripture.
(c) Ordinary experience.
(d) His letter.

2. In what way does Heloise say Abelard disregarded custom?
(a) By asking her to intervene in his salvation.
(b) By failing to describe her as his wife.
(c) By writing with only grief and worry.
(d) By writing to her at the convent.

3. What did Abelard do with his inheritance?
(a) Gave it to the church.
(b) Gave it to his brother's eldest son.
(c) Gave it to his mother.
(d) Managed it together with his brothers.

4. What are Heloise's feelings at losing Abelard?
(a) Outrage and despair.
(b) Mixed relief and sadness.
(c) Injustice.
(d) Great sorrow.

5. How does Heloise describe Abelard's situation?
(a) She says he has paid the price with his castration.
(b) She says he should suffer until death.
(c) She says he will never be finished expiating his crime.
(d) She says he is forgiven in her eyes and so should no longer suffer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Abelard born?

2. How does Heloise describe herself to Abelard?

3. In what way does Heloise pretend in her first letter to Abelard?

4. Whom does Abelard want to pray for him?

5. What does Heloise say she has sought out for Abelard?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Abelard seduce Heloise?

2. Why does Heloise say there should be different standards for women?

3. Why does Abelard say in Letter 5 he filled Heloise with distress in his previous letter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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