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

2. What does Heloise say she admires?
(a) The honesty with which Abelard followed philosophy.
(b) The courage Abelard showed by fighting for her.
(c) The things Abelard sacrificed to be with her.
(d) The debt Abelard took upon himself.

3. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?
(a) Content.
(b) Hopeless.
(c) Uncomfortable.
(d) Peaceful.

4. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to accept?
(a) Her father's permission to return home.
(b) His forgiveness.
(c) Her father's forgiveness.
(d) God's will.

5. What does Abelard say has increased in him recently?
(a) Nostalgia.
(b) Lust.
(c) Fear.
(d) Devotion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did William of Champeaux do at the beginning of Abelard's career?

2. Why did Abelard originally send Heloise away?

3. In Letter 5, what does Abelard ask Heloise to stop in the future?

4. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?

5. What sin does Abelard remind Heloise of?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Abelard say errors must be corrected?

2. What occasioned Heloise's letter to Abelard?

3. How does Heloise close Letter 2 to Abelard?

4. What does Abelard say he wants Heloise to do in case of his death?

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

6. How does Heloise end Letter 3 to Abelard?

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

8. What contrast does Abelard draw with women's practices and men's?

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

10. What does Heloise say about her burdens in Letter 6?

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