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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 is Augustine a paradox within himself?

2. Why is Augustine's father is willing to shoulder large financial burdens?

3. Why does Augustine get in trouble?

4. What does Augustine fabricate in order to be accepted by his peers?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine say about the heavens?

2. What is the story Augustine hears from Ponticianus and what does the story do to Augustine?

3. To what does Augustine compare the lower orders of human consciousness? What about the higher order?

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

5. Basically, what is Confessions about?

6. What does Augustine say about music and pleasure?

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

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. What type of religion ensnares Augustine's interest?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There is no harm in having different interpretations of the Scriptures, at least as long as various heresies are avoided, according to Augustine. If two people both believe in the word of God, it can even be fruitful to have a debate about different interpretations of the Scriptures.

1. Why do you think different people have different interpretations of religious writings?

2. Do you think different interpretations of writings apply to writings other than religious ones? Explain your reasoning.

3. Discuss the problem with language and why it might lead to different interpretations of the same writings.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine's struggles for self-development intensify as he reaches young manhood. He is sunk into sin and lustful behavior. This is the turning point in Augustine's narrative, since it sets up the conflict that will follow and must be resolved by him.

1. What do you think this statement (He is sunk into sin and lustful behavior) means? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss what you believe Augustine's conflict was that he had to resolve.

3. Do you believe Augustine's behavior as a young man would be viewed in the same way in today's world? Why or why not?

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