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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. On what does Augustine eventually blame his actions?

2. How does Augustine view the holy men of the Bible?

3. How does Augustine later view the Manichean myths?

4. What does Hortensius promote?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What gives Augustine an excuse to continue following his baser desires?

4. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?

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

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

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

8. What is Alypius' view of Jesus and what is Augustine's?

9. How does Augustine see different interpretations of Scripture?

10. How do the questions Augustine have about God and the world affect his faith?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augustine believes that the most of the men who play prominent roles in the Bible were not totally righteous. Discuss the following ideas:

1. What do you think the word "righteous" means within the context of this book?

2. Can an imperfect "messenger" deliver a "perfect" message?

3. Is it realistic to expect any human to be perfectly righteous?

Essay Topic 2

Augustine thinks about sin, and feels overwhelmed with the task of avoiding sin. Babies and the saintly are affected or tempted by sin.

1. Do you think the second sentence above is true? Why or why not?

2. Do you think, given Augustine's definition of sin, that humans can avoid sin? Why or why not?

3. Discuss Augustine's ideas about sin.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine asks questions such as, "whether I had any knowledge of myself when I was in the womb?" and, "where did I come from?" Augustine asks all these questions, but they do not shake his faith as they would modern skeptics, but rather strengthen his feeling about the mystery and omnipotence and infinite wisdom of God.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think these two questions Augustine asked are common questions? How important are these two questions to you?

3. How would you go about trying to find an answer to these two questions of Augustine's within yourself or your belief system?

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