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. How, in Letter 5, does Abelard say Heloise should see him now?

2. What does Heloise say will prevent her from praying for Abelard?

3. Who does Heloise say commanded her to be a nun?

4. In what way did Abelard establish his reputation and earn a following?

5. What does Abelard say Heloise deserves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What contrast does Abelard draw with women's practices and men's?

3. Who are the correspondents in Letter 9?

4. How does Abelard end Letter 7?

5. Describe the conditions of Abelard's death.

6. What does Heloise say she did on Abelard's sake?

7. How is Letter 7 organized?

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

9. In Letter 4, why does Heloise say she is disappointed with Abelard's response?

10. To what does Heloise appeal, in Letter 6, in justifying her argument?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How would Abelard and Heloise answer Nietzsche's claim that Christian morality is slave morality that celebrates the weakness of the followers as against the master morality that celebrates the strength of the masters?

Essay Topic 2

Make an annotated timeline that shows the events that led up to the story Abelard and Heloise relate between themselves. What other events were taking place in the world around Abelard and Heloise at this time?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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