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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 does Augustine teach?

3. Why does Augustine read books of rhetoric?

4. What is better to seek after than earthly pleasures?

5. How would you characterize Augustine in this Book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

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

5. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

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

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

8. What does Augustine foreshadow about philosophy and himself?

9. What do the Manicheans believe about food?

10. What is Augustine's primary thoughts of when he arrives in Carthage and what does he do with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When Moses wrote down the Holy Scriptures, he had to make them understandable, says Augustine. Moses also needed them to convey a deeper meaning to scholars and truth-seekers. The simple people think of the story of creation in a simple way, which is literal and materialistic.

1. Do you believe scholars are better able to understand religious writings than lay people? Why or why not?

2. Explain a situation in which you have read something you didn't understand.

3. What do you think Augustine means by "literal and materialistic" in the above sentence?

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