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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

It is mentioned in Book III that the Manicheans believe that when a fig is picked off a fig tree, it cries tears. Later, Augustine sees as ridiculous this idea and many others that the Manicheans believe. Discuss the following ideas:

1. Just because humans cannot measure how a plant experiences life, is that reason to believe that a tree cannot cry when its fruit is picked?

2. Many people (particularly Aboriginal peoples) do not adhere to the Judeo-Christian ideas of human beings as superior to all other of the created earth. When Augustine becomes a Christian, he seems to move from a nature-centered belief system to one that is man-centered. Do you see this as a step forward?

3. The second part to the Manichean beliefs of the fig tree is that they give the fig to their "Elect" people, who by eating it, the Manicheans believe, release angels from the fig. If what thought of this as a metaphor, what do you think the metaphor could represent?

Though Augustine admits that he benefited from his studies of Latin and Greek literature, he resents how he was led astray morally by some of the stories. When he read of Zeus engaging in fornication and being powerful, it also made him want to do these deeds. So, already in boyhood, Augustine sees the struggle to form his moral judgment and not be led astray by popular stories or opinion.

1. Do you agree with Augustine's assertion about the influence the Greek and Latin literature had on his behavior? Why or why not?

2. In today's society there are people who assert that reading books about violent acts cause people to commit violent acts. Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?

3. How do you think this idea of Augustine's about being led astray has influenced the justice system of the western world?

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