Great Books II   Spring 2020
  Reading Questions  

January 27




Focusing on XI-XV

NOTE: Read one Canto per day, aloud.


Augustine (III-IV)
  1. How are each of the following a "Medusa"?   9.11.01, pornography, money, anger, fear, incontinence, desire.
  2. Why is heresy between incontinence and violence?
  3. What are the core ingredients of contrapasso?
  4. Explicate the sins found in the region of violence.
  5. What constitutes violence?
  6. Why are the beasts dichotomous?
  7. Why is sodomy a sin of violence?
  8. Explicate the wood of suicides.




  1. How can confession involve both praise and sin?
  2. Interpret Monica's vision.
  3. Formulate an Augustinian definition for sin and its consequences.
  4. Can God be our friend?