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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Besides thievery, in what is Augustine involved?
2. Instead of learning Christian stories, what does Augustine learn?
3. Who is Adeodatus?
4. What author does Augustine dislike?
5. Which of Augustine's friends laughed at predicting the future through stargazing?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Augustine think about the Manicheans and why is he angry at them?
2. What does Augustine say is the difference between how the simple-minded and intellectuals read and understand the Scriptures?
3. To what does Augustine compare the lower orders of human consciousness? What about the higher order?
4. What does Augustine fear about the effect of studying pagan myths when he was young?
5. Augustine says why people hate the truth. What does he say about the truth?
6. What did Augustine wonder about in relationship to God and the world and what are a couple of the questions he asked?
7. What type of job does Augustine do and where does he get his money?
8. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?
9. What does Augustine say about the heavens?
10. What does Augustine say is the use of the senses in dealing with time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though Augustine admits that he benefited from his studies of Latin and Greek literature, he resents how he was led astray morally by some of the stories. When he read of Zeus engaging in fornication and being powerful, it also made him want to do these deeds. So, already in boyhood, Augustine sees the struggle to form his moral judgment and not be led astray by popular stories or opinion.
1. Do you agree with Augustine's assertion about the influence the Greek and Latin literature had on his behavior? Why or why not?
2. In today's society there are people who assert that reading books about violent acts cause people to commit violent acts. Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?
3. How do you think this idea of Augustine's about being led astray has influenced the justice system of the western world?
Essay Topic 2
It is mentioned in Book III that the Manicheans believe that when a fig is picked off a fig tree, it cries tears. Later, Augustine sees as ridiculous this idea and many others that the Manicheans believe. Discuss the following ideas:
1. Just because humans cannot measure how a plant experiences life, is that reason to believe that a tree cannot cry when its fruit is picked?
2. Many people (particularly Aboriginal peoples) do not adhere to the Judeo-Christian ideas of human beings as superior to all other of the created earth. When Augustine becomes a Christian, he seems to move from a nature-centered belief system to one that is man-centered. Do you see this as a step forward?
3. The second part to the Manichean beliefs of the fig tree is that they give the fig to their "Elect" people, who by eating it, the Manicheans believe, release angels from the fig. If what thought of this as a metaphor, what do you think the metaphor could represent?
Essay Topic 3
Augustine recalls that he was under a lot of peer pressure to seek sexual pleasure and to applaud those who seek it from his peers that he knew from his town and from school. Augustine remembers even inventing sexual exploits to tell his peers, just to impress them.
1. Do you think Augustine's feelings of pressure from his peers was valid? Why or why not?
2. Do you think young men today feel the same peer pressure Augustine felt? Why or why not?
3. Discuss your beliefs about how young people are subjected to peer pressure and what a young person can do about it.
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