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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. Who writes Hortensius?
(a) Homer.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Plato.
(d) Cicero.

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

3. How is Augustine a paradox within himself?
(a) He loves a woman and hates her at the same time.
(b) He wants to do good but does evil instead.
(c) He sins and yet tells others not to sin.
(d) He sees a play and feels both sorrow and pleasure in witnessing the suffering.

4. To whom is Augustine married?
(a) He is not married as he has taken a vow of celibacy.
(b) A woman of high birth who is poor.
(c) He is not married by in a monogamous relationship.
(d) A woman who is pregnant by him.

5. What motivates Augustine's decision to become a philosopher?
(a) Pride at being smarter than many other of his peers.
(b) His father's desire for him to do so.
(c) The money philosophers make in those days.
(d) The power to change people.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what is the stealing of the pear a metaphor?

2. Why does Augustine want to move to Rome?

3. At the beginning of this book, where is Augustine a student?

4. What do the Manicheans believe about man's soul?

5. What is a flaw in the book in number 70?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Augustine solved the problem of his lust and what is the result of this solution?

4. As a young man how does Augustine feel about love and what doesn't he understand about it?

5. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

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

7. What does Augustine's parents want for him?

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

9. Where is Augustine a student in Carthage and why does he study so diligently?

10. Why did one of Augustine's friends abandon Christianity and what happens after that?

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