Confessions Test | Final 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. What makes it easy for Augustine to quit his job?

2. When does Augustine reject astrology?

3. To what does Augustine compare the recitation of a psalm?

4. What does Augustine warn will happen if we move away from God's responsibility for the creation?

5. Who is buried near the Tiber River?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Augustine see evil?

2. By the beginning of Book VII, how does Augustine begin to think of God?

3. What is the story Augustine hears from Ponticianus and what does the story do to Augustine?

4. What does Augustine say about music and pleasure?

5. What happened at the church in Milan and what Christian tradition was started there?

6. Discuss the idea Augustine had about the beginning of all and on time.

7. Augustine says why people hate the truth. What does he say about the truth?

8. What does Augustine say about memory?

9. What is Alypius' view of Jesus and what is Augustine's?

10. What does Augustine say about his mother's upbringing and some of her behaviors as a married woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book III, Augustin, in reading the philosopher Cicero's book, called Hortensius, first finds in himself the love for truth, or from the Greek derivation, philosophy.

1. Do you think Augustine at this point in his life sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

2. Do you think later in his life Augustine sees any conflict between philosophy and religion? Why or why not?

3. At the point of Book III, what do you think Augustine sees as the purpose of philosophy? Does this change when he becomes a Christian?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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