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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.
(b) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.
(c) Isolating from temptations.
(d) Regular participation in church activities.

2. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(b) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(c) Criticism that his moral demands would be restricted to pagan converts.
(d) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.

3. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?
(a) One should only love oneself on account of God.
(b) One should only love oneself if they have seen illuminated truth.
(c) One should only love oneself if they can discern signs from things.
(d) One should only love oneself if God endowed him with understanding for interpretation.

4. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?
(a) He will extensively study in the library at Hippo Regius.
(b) He will confer closely with other learned Priests.
(c) God will give him the knowledge that he lacks.
(d) He will collaborate with members of his church community.

5. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?
(a) The two commandments of Christianity to love God and to love one's neighbor.
(b) God's omnipotence establishes His authority over creation and judgment.
(c) Because Scriptural infallibility affirms God's role in miracles and prophesy.
(d) The Christian conception of Christ's deity explains His resurrection and authority over forgiveness.

6. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?
(a) To practice the rhetorical skills he embraces to make criticism more effective.
(b) To patiently contemplate his points before they make a judgment.
(c) To remember experiencing learning for themselves.
(d) To be wary of falling into the trap of heresy.

7. What is an important distinction that Augustine teaches students to understand through three Books of "On Christian Doctrine?
(a) The difference between sins of omission and original sin.
(b) The difference between "things" and "signs."
(c) The difference between original sin and human nature.
(d) The difference between "special gifts" and talents.

8. How does Augustine characterize the argument that his teaching is not needed because it comes from a human source?
(a) It is being heretical.
(b) It is being logically inconsistent.
(c) It is responsible for allowing "babes in the Faith being devoured by the wolves of the world."
(d) It is intolerant.

9. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?
(a) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(b) A good meal and a pot.
(c) The fall of Adam in Genesis and the murder of Able by Cain.
(d) The relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.

10. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?
(a) It is integral to proper Scriptural interpretation.
(b) It will guide the student to become a teacher.
(c) It will help the student understand God's motivation for interacting with creation.
(d) It is integral to applying the principles of community.

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

12. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(b) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.
(c) It will result in loss of special gifts.
(d) It leads to destruction.

13. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?
(a) Coveting things for one's self is incompatible with love.
(b) Using things without the goal of enjoying them is incompatible with love.
(c) Using things without seeking wisdom is incompatible with love.
(d) Using things for non-Scriptural purposes is incompatible with love.

14. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between enjoy and use.
(b) The distinction between Christian love and pagan love.
(c) The distinction between things and signs.
(d) The distinction between encouraging and exhortation.

15. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?
(a) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.
(b) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(c) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.
(d) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.

Short Answer Questions

1. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?

2. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?

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. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?

5. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?

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