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. Why do Augustine and his friends steal a pear?

2. What does Augustine say about people like his mother, Monica?

3. What drives Augustine farther away from thoughts of God?

4. Who is Fautus?

5. For what is there always a rationale?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does Augustine want to move and why?

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

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

7. How does Monica feel about Augustine moving and how does he get around her?

8. Augustine says he wrote Confessions for what reason?

9. What do the Manicheans believe about food?

10. What is Augustine's thinking on marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Augustine thinks about sin, and feels overwhelmed with the task of avoiding sin. Babies and the saintly are affected or tempted by sin.

1. Do you think the second sentence above is true? Why or why not?

2. Do you think, given Augustine's definition of sin, that humans can avoid sin? Why or why not?

3. Discuss Augustine's ideas about sin.

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