Confessions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 view the holy men of the Bible?

2. What book does Augustine understand that challenges many people?

3. In what does Augustine try to be honest?

4. Who does Augustine meet in Milan?

5. What is one of Augustine's future struggles in life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Basically, what is Confessions about?

4. What does Augustine decide about reading Scripture and interpreting it?

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

6. Who teaches Augustine about astrology and what does he say?

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

8. Why did one of Augustine's friends abandon Christianity and what happens after that?

9. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

10. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

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

In book VII, Augustine rejects astrology after speaking to an old man Vindicianus, and also due to the arguments of his friend Nebridius. They both say that the predictions of astrologists are purely a matter of chance, plus taking into account a person's condition, wealth, and circumstances. Discuss one of the following ideas:

1. What do you think Augustine's Christian beliefs would say about the concept of astrology? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge.

2. Why do you think many people in those times believed in astrology? Do you think the people who believe in astrology today do so for the same reasons?

3. Do you think science has disproved the validity of astrology? Why or why not? Discuss thoroughly.

4. What do you think about the thoughts of Augustine's two friends who say that the predictions of astrologists are purely a matter of chance, plus taking into account a person's condition, wealth, and circumstances?

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