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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 Augustine's new life?
2. What does Augustine want to measure?
3. What books bring a change to Augustine's thinking?
4. What is non-existent except when it is the present?
5. What happens to Verecundus before his death?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the idea Augustine had about the beginning of all and on time.
2. What does Augustine say about his mother's upbringing and some of her behaviors as a married woman?
3. What does Augustine decide to do at the beginning of Book IX? How does he do it?
4. What does Augustine say about the past, future and present?
5. What does Augustine say is the use of the senses in dealing with time?
6. What is Alypius' view of Jesus and what is Augustine's?
7. What does Augustine say about writing his confession?
8. Why does Augustine feel a sort of schizophrenia?
9. What does Augustine think about the Manicheans and why is he angry at them?
10. Who is Victorinus and what has he done in his life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In book VII, Augustine rejects astrology after speaking to an old man Vindicianus, and also due to the arguments of his friend Nebridius. They both say that the predictions of astrologists are purely a matter of chance, plus taking into account a person's condition, wealth, and circumstances. Discuss one of the following ideas:
1. What do you think Augustine's Christian beliefs would say about the concept of astrology? Use examples from the text and your own knowledge.
2. Why do you think many people in those times believed in astrology? Do you think the people who believe in astrology today do so for the same reasons?
3. Do you think science has disproved the validity of astrology? Why or why not? Discuss thoroughly.
4. What do you think about the thoughts of Augustine's two friends who say that the predictions of astrologists are purely a matter of chance, plus taking into account a person's condition, wealth, and circumstances?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
There is no harm in having different interpretations of the Scriptures, at least as long as various heresies are avoided, according to Augustine. If two people both believe in the word of God, it can even be fruitful to have a debate about different interpretations of the Scriptures.
1. Why do you think different people have different interpretations of religious writings?
2. Do you think different interpretations of writings apply to writings other than religious ones? Explain your reasoning.
3. Discuss the problem with language and why it might lead to different interpretations of the same writings.
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