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 Heloise ask Abelard to think about?

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

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

4. What does Abelard say he wants as an outcome of others' prayers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Heloise close Letter 2 to Abelard?

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

6. What sources does Abelard use in prescribing his rule to Heloise in Letter 8?

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

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

9. Where does Abelard say his sufferings came from?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would the letters of Abelard and Heloise be written today? How would modern communication technology change the emotional tenor of this correspondence? What parts would remain trenchant? What parts would be lost?

Essay Topic 2

Define the role of class status in The Letters of Abelard and Heloise. In what ways does Abelard and Heloise's class status affect their story? How would this story be different if they were poor from the outset?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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