Great Books II   Spring 2020

  Reading Questions  

February 10




Dante - Inferno

Read one Canto aloud each day.

  Augustine (IX-X)
Focus on XXV-XXIX
  1. Finish analyzing he snake contrapassos.
  2. Why is the bridge broken in the sixth circle of the Malabolgia?
  3. What happens to truth in hell?
  4. What characterizes a perfect contrapasso?
  5. What is Dante teaching us about fraud by the architecture of this region?




  1. What affect does Monica's death have on Augustine?
  2. In his dialogue "Meno", Plato says: "There is no teaching, but only recollection." What would Augustine say about this statement?
  3. Why are we lost? What is the root problem?
  4. What is the relationship between self and memory?
  5. Does Augustine ever experience contrapasso?