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. What about Augustine are both of his parents proud?

2. What does Augustine feel when he reads of Zeus engaging in fornication and being powerful?

3. Why does Augustine want to move to Rome?

4. With what is Augustine preoccupied?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of pressure does Augustine feel as a young person and what does he do about it?

3. What type of religion ensnares Augustine's interest?

4. What happens with Augustine and the Manicheans and why?

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

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

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

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

9. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

To show their goodness, and what they learn from the Scriptures, men need to help their neighbor, not just in small matters. In this way, men bear gifts as also fruit for the goodness of God. Augustine calls on men to help their neighbors, clothe the naked, and in that way strengthen their ability to know and contemplate God.

1. Do you agree with the above statement? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the above statements supports those who advocate for helping others less fortunate, such as the homeless or orphans? Why or why not?

3. Given that helping those less fortunate is a part of every major religion, do you think it might be an instinct bred in human DNA? Explain your answer.

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