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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 does Ambrose say to bring to the tombs of the saints?

2. What happens to a friend who is ill and unconscious?

3. What is the Fables of Manes?

4. What does Augustine struggle to learn in school?

5. What happens when men act wickedly?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

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

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

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

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

6. What is Augustine's primary thoughts of when he arrives in Carthage and what does he do with them?

7. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

8. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Augustine recalls that he was under a lot of peer pressure to seek sexual pleasure and to applaud those who seek it from his peers that he knew from his town and from school. Augustine remembers even inventing sexual exploits to tell his peers, just to impress them.

1. Do you think Augustine's feelings of pressure from his peers was valid? Why or why not?

2. Do you think young men today feel the same peer pressure Augustine felt? Why or why not?

3. Discuss your beliefs about how young people are subjected to peer pressure and what a young person can do about it.

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