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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?
(a) They are ordinary objects that are not used to signify something.
(b) They are all items that fall under God's authority.
(c) They are the items that God puts before Christians to use.
(d) They are the items that God puts before Christians to enjoy.

2. 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) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(c) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."
(d) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.

3. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?
(a) Humans should become like God.
(b) Humans should submit to God's authority.
(c) Humans should fear the authority of God over judgment.
(d) God should be enjoyed by humans.

4. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?
(a) On sins of omission.
(b) On original sin.
(c) On "special gifts."
(d) On things as things.

5. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?
(a) Dispensing of such gifts is atypical.
(b) That they precede periods of peace and prosperity.
(c) That they follow miraculous events.
(d) That they follow periods of oppression of those seeking His blessings.

6. What does Augustine identify as the relationship between all other things and the object of ultimate worship?
(a) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(b) All other things are used as a means to enjoy the Trinity.
(c) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(d) All other things can be used for God's purposes through the application of special gifts.

7. How are things separated by Augustine?
(a) Categories of things under God's authority and things that are sinful.
(b) Categories of things that are enjoyed and things that are used.
(c) Categories of things that are Biblical and things that are non-Biblical.
(d) Categories of things that are things and things that are signs.

8. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(b) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(c) Criticism from those who face punishment if they try to apply it.
(d) Criticism from those who claim too many Christians could not access proper training.

9. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(b) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(c) 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"?
(d) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?

10. What are the three things that Augustine claims that interpretations of Scripture should build up?
(a) Faith, hope and love.
(b) Hope, signs, and the inner eye.
(c) Special gifts, community, and signs.
(d) The inner eye, love, and illuminated truth.

11. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?
(a) The doctrine of God's omnipotence.
(b) The Christian conception of love.
(c) The Christian conception of Christ's deity.
(d) The doctrine of Scriptural infallibility.

12. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?
(a) A "special gift" from God.
(b) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.
(c) Intense study of Scripture.
(d) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.

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

14. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?
(a) To that between instrumental and intrinsic good.
(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 human nature and original sin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?

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

3. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?

4. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

5. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?

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