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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At one point, what does Augustine believe about evil?
(a) That it is as powerful a force as God.
(b) That it is an independant force.
(c) That it doesn't exist.
(d) That it is just one aspect of God.

2. What does a Christian priest predict of Augustine?
(a) He will never live long enough to repent.
(b) He will change and convert to Christianity.
(c) He will die in his sins.
(d) He will become a great defender of the Greek gods.

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

4. What does Hortensius promote?
(a) Violence for change.
(b) Belief in oneself.
(c) The general goal of seeking the truth.
(d) Hedonistic living.

5. How would you characterize Augustine in this Book?
(a) A pious young man.
(b) A serious and studies young man.
(c) A mama's boy.
(d) A sinful young man.

6. What is something Augustine finds very difficult to follow in real life?
(a) It is necessary to follow the word of God, and not even be tied down to one's own flesh.
(b) The precepts of the Manicheans.
(c) The Golden Rule.
(d) Monogamy.

7. What is Augustine's position in his circle of friends?
(a) A leader.
(b) A follower.
(c) Someone on the fringes.
(d) He is a loner.

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

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

10. What type of behavior is not tolerate in Rome?
(a) Showing no regard for one's parents.
(b) Spitting on the streets.
(c) Refusing to stand when a teacher enters.
(d) Students who are disruptive.

11. 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.

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

13. How does Augustine change his view of evil?
(a) He sees that evil only exists as a concept and is not real.
(b) He sees there is not such thing as evil.
(c) He believes evil is created by God and can be annihilated by God.
(d) He sees that evil is caused by corruption and lack of good.

14. What is Augustine thinking of doing?
(a) Moving back to Carthage.
(b) Taking vows as a monk.
(c) Marrying.
(d) Going on a mission to Britain.

15. What is the meaning of the phrase that God creates man in his own image?
(a) That man needed God's image and woman don't as they are already pure.
(b) It means God creates only man; woman already existed.
(c) It is a metaphor referring to the Godlike attributes of man being also a creative and reasoning creature.
(d) That God has a physical body very much like that of a man.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should Monica think Rome is a good place for Augustine?

2. Upon what does Augustine reflect as to the nature of life and death?

3. What is one of Augustine's future struggles in life?

4. What is Ambrose's intent about his preferences at the tombs?

5. For what is there always a rationale?

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