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?
Augustine believes that the most of the men who play prominent roles in the Bible were not totally righteous. Discuss the following ideas:
1. What do you think the word "righteous" means within the context of this book?
2. Can an imperfect "messenger" deliver a "perfect" message?
3. Is it realistic to expect any human to be perfectly righteous?
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?
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?
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