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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 type of behavior is not tolerate in Rome?

2. What motivates Augustine's decision to become a philosopher?

3. What author does Augustine dislike?

4. For what is there always a rationale?

5. What book does Augustine understand that challenges many people?

Short Essay Questions

1. As a young man how does Augustine feel about love and what doesn't he understand about it?

2. Basically, what is Confessions about?

3. What do the Manicheans believe about food?

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

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

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

7. Where is Augustine a student in Carthage and why does he study so diligently?

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

9. What does Augustine fear about the effect of studying pagan myths when he was young?

10. What did Augustine wonder about in relationship to God and the world and what are a couple of the questions he asked?

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 compares the Trinity to these three things: existence, knowledge, and will. Augustine does this because he is a being that exists, and that both knows and wills.

1. What do you think Augustine means by existence, knowledge and will?

2. Do you agree with Augustine that he can know what the Trinity is because he has existence, knowledge, and will? Why or why not?

3. Do you think only humans have existence, knowledge, and will or do animals? Explain your reasoning.

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