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. In Letter 5, what does Abelard say he is surprised by?

2. What does Abelard say was the consequence of his lust for Heloise?

3. What condition did Abelard impose on his marriage with Heloise?

4. What does Heloise demand from Abelard?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are the correspondents in Letter 9?

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

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

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

6. What does Peter the Venerable send to Heloise in the final letter?

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

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

9. What does Abelard assure to Heloise in Letter 3?

10. What is the real purpose of Peter the Venerable's letter in Letter 10?

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

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

Analyze the letters between Abelard and Heloise and describe the degree to which Abelard and Heloise are French. What constitutes their Frenchness? Where is the site of their strongest identification? How do they express their relation to territory?

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