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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 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?

Essay 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

In Book IX, Augustine is still angry with the Manicheans, because for so long he used their excuse of a man's soul being divided between a soul of darkness and a soul of light. Now, Augustine sees that all of his actions are his soul's responsibility. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Augustine is finally "growing up" when he realizes he is responsible for the choices he makes? Why or why not?

2. Do you think that the people who are influenced by others to commit immoral or evil acts are ultimately responsible for their own actions?

3. What about evil actions that a person commits in order to save his/her own life? Is there any justification for those choices a person might make?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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