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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Augustine possibly cross the boundaries between friendship and sex?
(a) Being sexually involved with a male friend.
(b) Having sex with the wives of male friends.
(c) He never confuses the two states of being.
(d) Being friends with a woman and then seducing her under the guise of friendship.

2. What is better to seek after than earthly pleasures?
(a) Joyful living with God.
(b) Marriage and propagating as God commanded.
(c) Heaven through being an ascetic.
(d) To be kind to all.

3. Who is Fautus?
(a) The Pope's Secretary.
(b) Archbishop of Carthage.
(c) Bishop of the Manicheans.
(d) A character in a play by Cicero.

4. What interests Augustine more than higher goals or values?
(a) Success and fame.
(b) Love and friendship.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Intellectual knowledge.

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

6. What does the book Hortensius give Augustine?
(a) Bad dreams.
(b) Knowledge to learn Greek.
(c) A love for philosophy.
(d) A desire to become a famous orator.

7. How does Augustine see Christianity as being deficient?
(a) It fails to impress Augustine with its superior viewpoint to the many other religions and sects available.
(b) It doesn't promote change through violence or any means possible.
(c) It is too improbable.
(d) It is too simplistic.

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

9. Why does Augustine want to move to Rome?
(a) He wants to go to a milder climate.
(b) He wants to be near the Pope.
(c) He has heard the students are more disciplined there.
(d) He wants to study Roman law.

10. What is Augustine's native language?
(a) Latin.
(b) Gaelic.
(c) German.
(d) Greek.

11. Why does Augustine write the confessions?
(a) In order to show his sincerity to be admitted to a monk order.
(b) For his final project in school.
(c) To find out the sources of his errors earlier in life and also to encourage the faithful in seeking truth and knowledge of God.
(d) By order of the Pope.

12. What do the Manicheans believe about man's soul?
(a) Every man has a soul of light, good, and a soul of darkness.
(b) Women have souls but men do not.
(c) Men have souls but women do not.
(d) Man does not have a soul.

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

14. At what age does Augustine decide to become a philosopher?
(a) 19.
(b) 33.
(c) 16.
(d) 25.

15. Who offers Augustine explanations of the Manichean philosophy which does not satisfy Augustine?
(a) Marlette.
(b) Faustus.
(c) Cicero.
(d) Remeer.

Short Answer Questions

1. How would you characterize Augustine in this Book?

2. What is the meaning of the phrase that God creates man in his own image?

3. What is one of Augustine's greatest faults as a boy and young man?

4. What does Augustine fear that the pagan myths that he learned studying literature led to?

5. For what is there always a rationale?

(see the answer keys)

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