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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. What does Augustine fear that the pagan myths that he learned studying literature led to?

2. With what is Augustine in love?

3. What type of behavior is not tolerate in Rome?

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

5. What does the book Hortensius give Augustine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What type of job does Augustine do and where does he get his money?

3. What does Augustine say about his "sins" as a schoolboy and his teachers reaction to them?

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

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

6. Basically, what is Confessions about?

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

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

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

10. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In Book III, Monica, Augustine's mother, tries to get Augustine to stop his wrong religious beliefs and life, but can't get him to change. Discuss the following ideas:

1. What are the pitfalls of one person trying to persuade another to believe the way the person believes?

2. Why do you think Monica is so desperate to have Augustine convert to her religion?

3. Obviously, parents behave in a similar fashion then as now, i.e., not "allowing" their adult children to go their own way. Do you think Monica is wrong in this?

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