The Letters of Abelard and Heloise Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Abelard say Jesus honored?

2. What does Peter the Venerable wish for in his letter to Heloise?

3. What qualities must distinguish an Abbess, in Abelard's opinion?

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

5. What does Peter the Venerable say he is particularly impressed by?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe who would find this work interesting and useful, and describe as well what uses this book could be put to? What questions does it answer? Are the letters of Abelard and Heloise artwork, philosophy, church history, or personal correspondence? Which predominates?

Essay Topic 2

What is the power of prayer supposed to be in these letters? Are the letters themselves prayers? How is prayer distinct from these letters?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of the outside world on the story of Abelard and Heloise? Where does it figure in their letters, and how does it affect their story? How does French monastic and political history appear to us through the lens of these letters?

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