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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 say about people like his mother, Monica?
(a) That she was the only one whose intentions were always best for Augustine.
(b) That though righteous, she did not always have the best of intentions.
(c) That she had very little influence on him.
(d) That she led him astray through her wantoness.

2. Who offers Augustine explanations of the Manichean philosophy which does not satisfy Augustine?
(a) Marlette.
(b) Remeer.
(c) Cicero.
(d) Faustus.

3. Why is Augustine's father is willing to shoulder large financial burdens?
(a) To help Augustine succeed.
(b) To have large doweries for his daughters.
(c) To have servants to care for his children.
(d) To give his wife a luxurious lifestyle.

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

5. What does Augustine fabricate in order to be accepted by his peers?
(a) Stories of sexual conquests.
(b) Stories about meeting the Emperor.
(c) Stories of the wealth of his family.
(d) Stories of his sisters' beauty.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Augustine teach?

3. Which of Augustine's friends laughed at predicting the future through stargazing?

4. Why does Augustine get in trouble?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Augustine's primary thoughts of when he arrives in Carthage and what does he do with them?

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

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

4. How does Augustine's initial conversion to Christianity come about?

5. What does Augustine fear about the effect of studying pagan myths when he was young?

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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