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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. For what is the stealing of the pear a metaphor?
(a) Those who grab the fruits of goodness without having the spirit of righteousness.
(b) The desire for goodness without being good.
(c) The hopes for fruit without labor.
(d) The good of the earth tainted by Satan.

2. What drives Augustine farther away from thoughts of God?
(a) Sexual adventures.
(b) Studying the Greek philosophers.
(c) Making money.
(d) Being a soldier.

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

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom was the book he lost dedicated?

2. Upon what does Augustine wonder?

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

4. What motivates Augustine's decision to become a philosopher?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Augustine wonder about in relationship to God and the world and what are a couple of the questions he asked?

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

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

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

7. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

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

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

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

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