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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

Augustine urges the church faithful to be righteous and to do good deeds, but not as a substitute for their faith. Their faith must be shown by their good deeds, and at the same time these good deeds must reflect their faith. This statement is a paradox.

1. Why do you think this statement could be classified as a paradox?

2. What do you think Augustine means by the statement above?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Book III, Augustin, in reading the philosopher Cicero's book, called Hortensius, first finds in himself the love for truth, or from the Greek derivation, philosophy.

1. Do you think Augustine at this point in his life sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

2. Do you think later in his life Augustine sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

3. At the point of Book III, what do you think Augustine sees as the purpose of philosophy? Does this change when he becomes a Christian?

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