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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the beginning of this book, where is Augustine a student?
(a) School of Philosophy in Athens.
(b) He is out of school.
(c) School of Rhetoric in Carthage.
(d) Lysortium Rhetorium in Rome.

2. What does Augustine teach?
(a) Liberal arts and rhetoric.
(b) Painting and architecture.
(c) Theology.
(d) Algebra and Calculus.

3. Why doesn't Ambrose want wine brought to the tombs?
(a) It may encourage drunkeness.
(b) He doesn't mind wine at the tombs.
(c) It will ferment more and create bad smells.
(d) It encourages sloth.

4. Instead of learning Christian stories, what does Augustine learn?
(a) The precepts of Buddhism.
(b) He learned and admired the Gods in pagan myths.
(c) How to be a successful businessman.
(d) How to be a soldier.

5. What book does Augustine understand that challenges many people?
(a) The Ten Categories.
(b) The Ten Comandments of Manichean Life.
(c) The Categorical Allusion.
(d) The Categories that Govern the Stars.

6. Who is Adeodatus?
(a) Augustine's current rhetoric teacher.
(b) Augustine's son.
(c) Augustine's cousin.
(d) Augustine's brother.

7. What motivates Augustine's decision to become a philosopher?
(a) The money philosophers make in those days.
(b) His father's desire for him to do so.
(c) Pride at being smarter than many other of his peers.
(d) The power to change people.

8. How does Augustine later view the Manichean myths?
(a) As misguided.
(b) As correct by incomplete.
(c) As ridiculous.
(d) As evil.

9. For what is there always a rationale?
(a) Going to Rome.
(b) Making money.
(c) Sin.
(d) Studying esoteric philosophies.

10. What is one of Augustine's future struggles in life?
(a) If he should take vows with the church.
(b) Whether to marry his childhood sweetheart and enter into sins of the flesh.
(c) To have the spirit of truth and faith to inform his and others' good deeds.
(d) To allow those he love to walk their own path.

11. Who does Augustine arrange to marry?
(a) A woman he meets there in Milan who is a teacher also.
(b) A woman he knew from childhood.
(c) A girl who is two years underage.
(d) No one; he decides to never marry.

12. By what does Augustine feel overwhelmed?
(a) By the task set before him by God.
(b) By the power of sin and death.
(c) By his inability to corrupt his friends faith.
(d) By his friend's miraculous recovery.

13. Into what has St. Augustine sunk?
(a) Sin and lustful behavior.
(b) The a life of glory for God.
(c) A pit of despair.
(d) A deep depression.

14. What is Ambrose's intent about his preferences at the tombs?
(a) To keep people from getting too joyful.
(b) To keep the wrong kind of people out.
(c) To promote a higher spiritual communion.
(d) To promote restraint and moral behavior.

15. Why does Augustine read books of rhetoric?
(a) He is required to do so.
(b) He wants to learn to argue like they do.
(c) He is pleasing his father.
(d) To make a name for himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age does Augustine decide to become a philosopher?

2. What does Augustine feel when he reads of Zeus engaging in fornication and being powerful?

3. Upon what does Augustine wonder?

4. What is something Augustine finds very difficult to follow in real life?

5. Who writes Hortensius?

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