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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 an argument that Augustine learns from his friend Nebridius?
2. What does Simplicianus say Victorinus has to do?
3. Why does Simplicianus have to stop teaching rhetoric?
4. What tempts Augustine in this part of his life?
5. How does Augustine create his own image of the Heaven of Heavens?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Augustine see different interpretations of Scripture?
2. What is the story Augustine hears from Ponticianus and what does the story do to Augustine?
3. What does Augustine say about his mother's upbringing and some of her behaviors as a married woman?
4. What does Augustine say about music and pleasure?
5. How does Augustine describe wisdom?
6. Discuss the idea Augustine had about the beginning of all and on time.
7. What does Augustine decide to do at the beginning of Book IX? How does he do it?
8. How does Augustine see evil?
9. Augustine says why people hate the truth. What does he say about the truth?
10. Who is Victorinus and what has he done in his life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is mentioned in Book III that the Manicheans believe that when a fig is picked off a fig tree, it cries tears. Later, Augustine sees as ridiculous this idea and many others that the Manicheans believe. Discuss the following ideas:
1. Just because humans cannot measure how a plant experiences life, is that reason to believe that a tree cannot cry when its fruit is picked?
2. Many people (particularly Aboriginal peoples) do not adhere to the Judeo-Christian ideas of human beings as superior to all other of the created earth. When Augustine becomes a Christian, he seems to move from a nature-centered belief system to one that is man-centered. Do you see this as a step forward?
3. The second part to the Manichean beliefs of the fig tree is that they give the fig to their "Elect" people, who by eating it, the Manicheans believe, release angels from the fig. If what thought of this as a metaphor, what do you think the metaphor could represent?
Essay Topic 2
In Book III, Monica, Augustine's mother, tries to get Augustine to stop his wrong religious beliefs and life, but can't get him to change. Discuss the following ideas:
1. What are the pitfalls of one person trying to persuade another to believe the way the person believes?
2. Why do you think Monica is so desperate to have Augustine convert to her religion?
3. Obviously, parents behave in a similar fashion then as now, i.e., not "allowing" their adult children to go their own way. Do you think Monica is wrong in this?
Essay Topic 3
Augustine urges the church faithful to be righteous and to do good deeds, but not as a substitute for their faith. Their faith must be shown by their good deeds, and at the same time these good deeds must reflect their faith. This statement is a paradox.
1. Why do you think this statement could be classified as a paradox?
2. What do you think Augustine means by the statement above?
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