The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Test | Lesson Plans 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 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

How would the letters of Abelard and Heloise be written today? How would modern communication technology change the emotional tenor of this correspondence? What parts would remain trenchant? What parts would be lost?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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