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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. Upon what does Augustine reflect as to the nature of life and death?
(a) It is inevitable but only controlled by fate.
(b) Life is only a cruel joke and death is the punchline.
(c) God controls all aspects of life and death.
(d) Time passes, and people die, and that is the nature of things.

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

3. What happens to a friend who is ill and unconscious?
(a) He has a miraculous recovery and outlives Augustine.
(b) He is baptized.
(c) They use leeches on him.
(d) His is exorcised.

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

5. How could Augustine's "journey" be categorized?
(a) From riches to rags.
(b) From prison to ruling a country.
(c) From one of being a sinful youth to becoming a great investigator of the truth and of the nature of God.
(d) From rags to riches.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine teach?

2. With what is Augustine preoccupied?

3. How does Augustine see Christianity as being deficient?

4. Who leaves Augustine to return to Africa?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of pressure does Augustine feel as a young person and what does he do about it?

2. What type of religion ensnares Augustine's interest?

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

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

5. What type of job does Augustine do and where does he get his money?

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

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

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

9. What does Augustine say is the difference between how the simple-minded and intellectuals read and understand the Scriptures?

10. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

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