The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abelard ask Heloise to consider?

2. What explanation does Abelard offer for his action?

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

4. Heloise says that consolation shared is what?

5. How does Abelard say he writes to Heloise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Letter 7 organized?

4. What occasioned Heloise's letter to Abelard?

5. How does Heloise surprise Abelard in Letter 4, and what does he do in response in Letter 5?

6. In what way does Heloise say Abelard is in debt to her?

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

8. What stance does Abelard take in Letter 5?

9. Describe Abelard's relationship with William of Champeaux.

10. What two things does Heloise ask Abelard in Letter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the God to whom Abelard and Heloise show their devotion. What does he want, how does he behave, and what kind of behavior does he encourage in human beings? Does he ever respond to their prayers? How, or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What does The Letters of Abelard and Heloise tell us about being male or female? How does the text represent masculinity and femininity? What are the roles appropriate to either gender? How do Abelard and Heloise define the differences? Where do they overlap?

Essay Topic 3

Reading the text closely, describe Abelard and Heloise. What do we know about them based not only on what they tell us, but their style of writing as well?

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