Great Books II   Spring 2020
  Reading Questions  

January 16


Dante (Inferno I-IV)

NOTE: Read one Canto per day. If possible, read it aloud!


Augustine (I-II)
  1. What is the result of reading the opening lines of Canto III aloud? Why does Hell need a gate?

  2. Identify all of the differences between the vestibule and limbo.

What is palpably different about the way Dante and Augustine each depict evil?

  1. How does Augustine view himself?

  2. How does God view him?

  3. What does it mean to "confess"?

  4. Why do we sin?

  5. Why are there no blind cigarette smokers?