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. What did the sender of Letter 9 advise Abelard to do?

2. In Letter 8, what does Abelard say women tend to stray toward?

3. Who sent Letter 9?

4. Where does God look for virtue, according to Heloise?

5. Why did Peter the Venerable send Abelard away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Describe the God to whom Abelard and Heloise show their devotion. What does he want, how does he behave, and what kind of behavior does he encourage in human beings? Does he ever respond to their prayers? How, or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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