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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a flaw in the book in number 70?
(a) It uses poor logic.
(b) It's thesis is flawed.
(c) It has only one premise and no synthesis.
(d) It ignores the possibility of God's existence.

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

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

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

5. What notion does Augustine attack?
(a) That women are not equal to men.
(b) The idea of the innocence of childhood.
(c) That there is no wrong behavior.
(d) That if one studies diligently, one can come to understand how the world works.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Augustine later view the Manichean myths?

3. What happens to a friend who is ill and unconscious?

4. What about Augustine are both of his parents proud?

5. What sort of philosophy does Augustine have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the questions Augustine have about God and the world affect his faith?

2. What does Augustine believe about the men in the Bible and how does he apply that to people in general?

3. What intensifies as Augustine grows into a young man and of what type of behavior does he indulge?

4. What does Augustine say about his "sins" as a schoolboy and his teachers reaction to them?

5. What gives Augustine an excuse to continue following his baser desires?

6. What does Augustine decide about reading Scripture and interpreting it?

7. What are Augustine's reflections on life and death?

8. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

9. How does Augustine feel about the Christianity he comes in contact with and what does he observe about the morals of Christians?

10. What does Augustine feel the pear tree incident symbolized?

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