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. To what does Abelard refer her as proof of what he says?

2. What does Heloise say about herself?

3. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?

4. What did Abelard feel about his castration?

5. Who does Abelard describe as an example of what he is talking about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Abelard seduce Heloise?

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

4. How does Heloise compare Abelard and God?

5. How does Heloise close Letter 2 to Abelard?

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

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

8. What is Heloise's response to Peter the Venerable?

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

10. In Letter 2, what does Heloise say her motive for writing was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prepare an argument for or against the proposition that the best way for wealthy people to gain virtue is to give up their possessions and practice poverty.

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of the outside world on the story of Abelard and Heloise? Where does it figure in their letters, and how does it affect their story? How does French monastic and political history appear to us through the lens of these letters?

Essay Topic 3

What is the effect of the letters between Abelard and Heloise? Describe the consequences of their correspondence, in terms of their own lives, and in terms of the lives of the monks and nuns they knew, and in terms of the monastic order.

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