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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 Hortensius promote?
(a) Belief in oneself.
(b) The general goal of seeking the truth.
(c) Hedonistic living.
(d) Violence for change.

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

3. Instead of learning Christian stories, what does Augustine learn?
(a) How to be a soldier.
(b) How to be a successful businessman.
(c) He learned and admired the Gods in pagan myths.
(d) The precepts of Buddhism.

4. How does Augustine leave Carthage and his mother?
(a) By sneaking away while his mother is in Athens.
(b) With his mother's blessings.
(c) With her disowning him.
(d) He pretends to just be seeing a friend off at the docks but gets on a ship, too.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Into what has St. Augustine sunk?

2. Upon what does Augustine reflect as to the nature of life and death?

3. What does Augustine struggle to learn in school?

4. What does Alypius finally give up doing?

5. What does Augustine feel when he reads of Zeus engaging in fornication and being powerful?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?

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

5. Basically, what is Confessions about?

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

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

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

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

10. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

(see the answer keys)

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