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Test 2 Study Guide
Test 2 will be online. It will be OPEN BOOK, OPEN NOTES but it will be timed, and it must be completed by the deadline of Wednesday,
March 25, 2020. The exam covers the following sections from Confessions:
Format: The exam will consist of two parts. The first part will be a series of short questions. Many will be multiple choice or T/F
questions. In the second part, you will be presented with a passage from the text, and then you will be required to answer a few
specific questions about the passage. The questions in part two are likely to be a little bit harder than those in part 1.
Study questions: The following questions are designed to help you study. These are not exactly the same questions that will be on the
exam, but if you are able to answer these questions well, you should do well on the exam.
1. In Augustine’s opening invocation, he says that human beings long to praise God and that “our heart is unquiet until it rests in
[God]” (Conf., 1.1.1). How does this idea reflect the experience Augustine recounts in Books 1–9?
Augustine begins with a prayer before he gets to discuss the time of his birth and infancy. This reveals that it is of importance to do
our investigation in a prayerful manner. In order to satisfy our own infinite desire, we have to make our hearts rest in God. In book 1,
Augustine compares his actions when he was an infant, like how he learned to smile and nursing. He elaborates that he learned those
facts from “weak women”-the nurses and the mother who gave birth to him. Augustine was an ignorant individual who was not able
to take control over his emotions or even his desires.
In 1.6.7–1.7.12, Augustine describes his infancy. He does not remember his infancy but he makes inferences about what it must
have been like from the way he has seen other infants behave. What is the incident Augustine describes in 1.7.11 that is intended
to show us that babies are capable of sinning?
Augustine elaborates that he observed a small child getting angry and jealous of another small child. He states that “the small child
glared with livid fury at his fellow nursing even though he could speak”. This incidence reveals that even a small child can sin since the
child refused to allow another child to enjoy a rich abundant milk fountain even the other child needed the milk for survival.
What is Augustine’s opinion of the practice of beating pupils who are lazy about learning? (1.9.14–1.10.16)
Augustine personally states that he was punished because of disobeying both his parents and teachers and he claims that he deserved
the punishment. Since disobedience is the original foundation of man’s sins, Augustine comments that laziness should not be tolerated
and lazy pupils should be punished.
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