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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 say motivated him to tell Heloise the things that filled her with despair?

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

3. Where did Abelard study?

4. What does Heloise say was her and Abelard's sin?

5. What occasions Heloise's feelings about God?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Abelard end Letter 7?

2. In Letter 7, what examples of women in the church does Abelard use from antiquity?

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

4. What stance does Abelard take in Letter 5?

5. What does Heloise say about the men who call her chaste?

6. How does Peter the Venerable greet Heloise in Letter 10?

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

8. How does Heloise end Letter 3 to Abelard?

9. What does Heloise ask Abelard at the end of Letter 2?

10. What does Abelard say about the Cumean Sibyl?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the story of Abelard and Heloise as a love story. Is it compelling, tragic, uplifting, unique? Is it an allegory for all lovers or a historical document pertaining to two people alone?

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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