On Christian Doctrine Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book Four.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a personal possession that Augustine recommends for the Christian speaker?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Patience.
(c) Integrity.
(d) Enough money to live independently.

2. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?
(a) Seclusion from secular temptations to allow for the maturation of the "inner eye" as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(b) Strict adherence to the dietary laws of Israel and understanding of prophecy as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(c) Theological virtue and great learning as methods of handling the problem of Book Two.
(d) Exclusive study of Scripture and submission to the proper guidance from church officials as methods of handling the problem of book two.

3. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?
(a) The student does not learn from the experience of a learned devotee of Scripture.
(b) The student does not receive access to the types of references that make learning complete.
(c) The student does not benefit from an environment that has been modeled by Scriptural standards.
(d) The student loses the opportunity to participate in mutual love.

4. What does Augustine believe should be the relationship of the speaker to correct Scriptural interpretation?
(a) Mastery.
(b) Obedience.
(c) Intensity.
(d) Meekness.

5. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be learned through "special gifts," and God wants everyone to know scriptures, then why doesn't everyone have "special gifts"?
(b) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(c) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(d) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?

Short Answer Questions

1. Of Tyconius' rules for interpreting Scripture that Augustine examined, which two relate to the subjects that Augustine recommended for study in Book Two?

2. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?

3. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

4. Who does Augustine state the use of a tool to reach ordinary persons may most upset?

5. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?

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