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 say was her and Abelard's sin?

2. For what does Abelard ask Heloise to pray?

3. What are Heloise's feelings at losing Abelard?

4. What does Heloise say she feels in Abelard's absence?

5. What is the relationship between the first letter and the others?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Abelard's advice with regard to scripture?

2. What promise does Peter the Venerable make to Heloise in his last letter?

3. How does Abelard end Letter 7?

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

5. Why does Heloise say there should be different standards for women?

6. How does Heloise compare Abelard and God?

7. How does Heloise end Letter 3 to Abelard?

8. What intercession does the author of Letter 9 want to make?

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

10. What does Abelard beg Heloise for in Letter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Make an annotated map of the places where Abelard and Heloise's story unfolded, including Abelard's late travels. What does the map show us about the story? How did the landscape and geography affect the story?

Essay Topic 2

Research the history of the letters of Abelard and Heloise. By what mechanisms were they transmitted to posterity? Who made sure that these letters survived? Were they ever in danger of being lost? What value do written texts have to Abelard and Heloise and their culture? What makes the written absolution important? What provision is made for the preservation of textual culture?

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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