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 the significance of Augustine recommending mastery of so many fields in Book Two?
(a) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.
(b) Attempting to absorb so much information exercises the mind and helps the student find their special gift.
(c) Broad knowledge is needed to properly interpret Scripture.
(d) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.

2. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.
(b) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.
(c) That one thing that is illuminated truth is loving God and then thy neighbor.
(d) That one should find illuminated truth to love God and thy neighbor.

3. What does Augustine believe should be the least important aim of a Scriptural speaker?
(a) Giving pleasure to the audience.
(b) Winning the approval of an audience.
(c) Impressing the audience with knowledge.
(d) Getting along with an audience.

4. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?
(a) Tyconius was a Donatist and much of "On Christian Doctrine" is written to address points of disagreement between Augustine and Donatists.
(b) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.
(c) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.
(d) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.

5. By the end of Book Two, Augustine devoted much of this text to refuting critics who believe Scriptural interpretation comes simply. What does this infer of Augustine's methods of debate?
(a) Augustine is obsessive and relentlessly badgers his critics into submission.
(b) Augustine chooses to overwhelm his critics with so much information that they lose track of their arguments.
(c) Augustine is personally offended with critics and chooses to punish those who most support him.
(d) Augustine confronts his critics with thorough investigation and lets his text prove his integrity.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are things separated by Augustine?

2. What should sermons not do, according to Augustine?

3. What is the main difference between the system of learning that Augustine advocates and that advocated by the critics he focuses on in the Preface?

4. According to Book Three, what is the cause of Christians who are not diligent in separating themselves from pagans?

5. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?

(see the answer key)

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