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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who gave this report about American universities?
(a) Charles Kingsley.
(b) Mark Twain.
(c) John Henry Newman.
(d) Henry Grafton.

2. In what year does the last Western emperor die?
(a) 476 B.C.E.
(b) 410 C.E.
(c) 476 C.E.
(d) 410 B.C.E.

3. What type of culture is Ireland described as in the opening pages of this book?
(a) Space Age.
(b) Industrial Age.
(c) Iron Age.
(d) Stone Age.

4. Thanks to the barbarian invasions, the spirit of _________________ as a living entity is irrevocably lost.
(a) Hellenistic culture.
(b) Classical civilization.
(c) The Roman pantheon.
(d) The feudal system.

5. Who do the "lions" in the fable symbolize to the author?
(a) The Romans.
(b) The Irish.
(c) The barbarians.
(d) The English.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many years after this first encounter did St. Augustine blame paganism for the problems his city was having with barbarians?

2. Romans think the army bespeaks __________.

3. At the time of his capture, what is the name of the young man enslaved as a shepherd by the Irish in 401 C.E.?

4. What nationality is the young man who is enslaved as a shepherd by the Irish in 401 C.E.?

5. These people preserved Europe's Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian heritage.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has the story of Ireland's re-education of Europe gone untold, according to the author?

2. Why were the barbarians seeking to migrate into Rome?

3. What would cause a tax collector to seek a loan from a lord, and what would cause the collector to default?

4. Why doesn't Augustine see much of the destruction the barbarians have caused?

5. What careers did Patricius' father and grandfather hold?

6. Because the Irish understand that life is fleeting, what do they pursue instead of holding onto people or things?

7. What natural desire did Augustine freely indulge in his youth, then become very conservative about later in life?

8. What dichotomy that troubled Augustine was addressed by Manicheism, Plato, and Saul of Tarsus?

9. Who does the author say have controlled what is said about the Irish Catholic past and overlooked Ireland's contributions to civilization?

10. What analogy is used to explain the concept of the Roman legions being overrun by barbarians?

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