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 does Hortensius promote?

2. What is Augustine thinking of doing?

3. Where does Monica want Augustine to be?

4. At what age does Augustine decide to become a philosopher?

5. When does Augustine believe a person starts sinning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Augustine write about that involved a theft of pears and how did he feel about it?

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

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

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

6. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

7. What are Augustine's reflections on life and death?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In book V, Augustine wants to move to Rome, in Italy. He hears that the students are much more disciplined there. In Carthage, students would walk in and out of class during a lecture and certain students would be very disruptive. Augustine hears that this type of behavior is not tolerated at schools in Rome.

1. Compare and contrast students in that age to those in the present day.

2. What do you think it means to be a "student?" Give examples and think about this idea "outside the box." Can you relate your ideas to Augustine as a student?

3. What do you think it means to be a "teacher?" Give examples and think about this idea "outside the box." Can you relate your ideas to Augustine as a teacher?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of evil is one that Augustine writes about throughout his Confessions. Discuss one of the following ideas:

1. What are the different ways Augustine defines evil as he changes? Give specific examples.

2. Do you view the actions of Augustine as a young man as evil? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text and discuss the examples in depth in relation to the question.

3. Do you believe most people have a concept of evil, even those who might be considered truly evil by a general consensus across cultures? Briefly explain what might be a universal concept of evil.

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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