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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. How does Augustine possibly cross the boundaries between friendship and sex?

2. How would you characterize Augustine in this Book?

3. Besides thievery, in what is Augustine involved?

4. What does Augustine refuse?

5. How is Augustine a paradox within himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Augustine see different interpretations of Scripture?

2. What does Augustine say is the use of the senses in dealing with time?

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

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

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

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 gives Augustine an excuse to continue following his baser desires?

8. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Moses wrote down the Holy Scriptures, he had to make them understandable, says Augustine. Moses also needed them to convey a deeper meaning to scholars and truth-seekers. The simple people think of the story of creation in a simple way, which is literal and materialistic.

1. Do you believe scholars are better able to understand religious writings than lay people? Why or why not?

2. Explain a situation in which you have read something you didn't understand.

3. What do you think Augustine means by "literal and materialistic" in the above sentence?

Essay Topic 2

Augustine compares the Trinity to these three things: existence, knowledge, and will. Augustine does this because he is a being that exists, and that both knows and wills.

1. What do you think Augustine means by existence, knowledge and will?

2. Do you agree with Augustine that he can know what the Trinity is because he has existence, knowledge, and will? Why or why not?

3. Do you think only humans have existence, knowledge, and will or do animals? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

In Book III, Augustin, in reading the philosopher Cicero's book, called Hortensius, first finds in himself the love for truth, or from the Greek derivation, philosophy.

1. Do you think Augustine at this point in his life sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

2. Do you think later in his life Augustine sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

3. At the point of Book III, what do you think Augustine sees as the purpose of philosophy? Does this change when he becomes a Christian?

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