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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 is the Fables of Manes?

2. Instead of studying the literal meaning of a phrase what is important to study?

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

4. What sort of philosophy does Augustine have?

5. Who is Fautus?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Augustine describe wisdom?

2. By the beginning of Book VII, how does Augustine begin to think of God?

3. What does Augustine say about the past, future and present?

4. What does Augustine say about his mother's upbringing and some of her behaviors as a married woman?

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

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

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

8. What does Augustine's parents want for him?

9. Who is Victorinus and what has he done in his life?

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

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

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?

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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