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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 does Augustine find odd about Hortensius?
(a) It does not promote any religion or sect.
(b) It is very strongly biased towards Christianity.
(c) He is a very religious man.
(d) It is written in Hebrew.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Augustine unable to believe in Jesus?

2. What does Augustine fabricate in order to be accepted by his peers?

3. How would you characterize Augustine in this Book?

4. What does Alypius finally give up doing?

5. At one point, what does Augustine believe about evil?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

6. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

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

8. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

9. How does Monica feel about Augustine moving and how does he get around her?

10. What did Augustine write about that involved a theft of pears and how did he feel about it?

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