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 she has sought out for Abelard?

2. What does Abelard affirm to Heloise?

3. To whom did Abelard write the first letter?

4. How does Heloise describe Abelard's situation?

5. What was the status of Abelard's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Abelard say he wants Heloise to do in case of his death?

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

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

6. How does Heloise surprise Abelard in Letter 4, and what does he do in response in Letter 5?

7. What are the three parts of Abelard's rule?

8. What caused the author of Letter 9to write the letter?

9. In Letter 2, what does Heloise say her motive for writing was?

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

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

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 3

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.

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