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 is Augustine thinking of doing?

2. What is Augustine's native language?

3. Upon what does Augustine wonder?

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

5. What do the Manicheans believe about man's soul?

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. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

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

4. Why did one of Augustine's friends abandon Christianity and what happens after that?

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

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

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

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

9. What intensifies as Augustine grows into a young man and of what type of behavior does he indulge?

10. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

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

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 3

In Book III, Augustine wonders on the lack of even the basic morality of observance of the Ten Commandments in his vicinity.

1. Of what do you think Augustine believes basic morality consists? Give examples from the text and your personal experience.

2. Do you think Augustine sees a lack of morals because he himself suffers from that lack? In other words, is Augustine projecting his own lack of morals on those around him? Why or why not?

3. Research the ten commandments and choose the two you think Augustine has the most difficulty at this point in his life keeping. What are they? Give examples to demonstrate why you think he does not keep those commandments.

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