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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Augustine describe humans?
(a) Humans are things that use language as a symbol.
(b) Humans are things that are subject to the laws of God.
(c) Humans are things that can "enjoy," love and "use" things.
(d) Humans are above things because they use them.

3. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
(a) All minds joined in community.
(b) All minds.
(c) Minds God endowed with special gifts.
(d) Illuminated minds.

4. 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 result in loss of special gifts.
(c) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.
(d) It leads to destruction.

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

6. What is the doctrine that Augustine claims critics of human teaching defend?
(a) That God will communicate the meaning of Scripture through "special gifts."
(b) That God will communicate through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit.
(c) That God will communicate through signs and symbols.
(d) That God will communicate through tongues.

7. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?
(a) To that between human nature and original sin.
(b) To that between God and Lucifer.
(c) To that between critics who do not understand and critics who believe in "special gifts."
(d) To that between instrumental and intrinsic good.

8. 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 original sin and human nature.
(c) The difference between "special gifts" and talents.
(d) The difference between "things" and "signs."

9. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?
(a) Augustine is familiar with the classification system of the library at Hippo Regius.
(b) Augustine believes that God will give to him because God gives to those who "give away," as does Augustine when he teaches.
(c) Augustine believes God guides those who gather in Christian community.
(d) Augustine has great respect for other learned Priests within his sphere.

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

11. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) A Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(b) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.
(c) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(d) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."

12. 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?
(a) Augustine's system requires finding a qualified Priest to hand down the official teaching of the Church whereas the critics allow free interpretation.
(b) Augustine's system of learning requires study in Greek philosophy whereas the critics require researching copies of manuscripts.
(c) Augustine's system requires study and application of rules whereas the critics believe they can understand through special gifts.
(d) Augustine's system requires great expense in accessing the necessary documents of learning whereas the critics allow for the interpretation of the spirit through tongues.

13. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?
(a) The promise of His return, His illuminated truths, and signs.
(b) Signs, things, and enjoyment.
(c) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(d) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.

14. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?
(a) Angels and human communities.
(b) Wars and rumors of wars.
(c) Priests and Rabbis
(d) Scripture and nature.

15. How does Augustine relate Truth and God?
(a) God created truth, but humans misuse things to reject truth.
(b) God creates things and Truth, but the way humans use things and accept Truth determines whether humans enjoy the experience.
(c) Truth is based upon an unchanging standard and God is that unchanging standard.
(d) God creates things and things can be used to prove truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?

2. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

3. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?

4. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?

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

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