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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. Who does Abelard describe as an example of what he is talking about?
(a) An Ethiopian woman.
(b) A Chinese woman.
(c) A German woman.
(d) An Italian woman.

2. Who does Heloise say commanded her to be a nun?
(a) Abelard.
(b) God.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her abbot.

3. What does Abelard say Heloise should focus on entirely?
(a) The salvation of his soul.
(b) The arrogance of their actions.
(c) The salvation of her soul.
(d) Making things right with her father.

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

5. How, in Letter 5, does Abelard say Heloise should see him now?
(a) As her partner in guilt and grace.
(b) As her saint.
(c) As her enemy.
(d) As her deliverer.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Abelard affirm to Heloise?

3. What does Heloise say about herself?

4. Who was Abelard's second enemy in the university system?

5. What does Abelard ask Heloise to do if he is killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What promise does Peter the Venerable make to Heloise in his last letter?

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

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

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

6. What is the real purpose of Peter the Venerable's letter in Letter 10?

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

8. Describe the conditions of Abelard's death.

9. How does Abelard say errors must be corrected?

10. How does Heloise close Letter 2 to Abelard?

(see the answer keys)

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