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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?
(a) Angels guiding human teachers in spiritual communities.
(b) Christ dispensing special gifts without communities.
(c) Human teachers in human communities.
(d) God directing the student to understand His role in Scripture.

4. What basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?
(a) The works of writers closer to the time of the authors of Scripture are frequently incomplete, disjointed, and often unverifiable.
(b) Many writers have intensely studied Scriptures and have left their impressions for their use.
(c) The fact that they learned important tools, such as the alphabet, from other humans.
(d) Trial and error application often give non-Christians the opportunity to "mock God."

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

6. 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 help the student understand God's motivation for interacting with creation.
(c) It is integral to applying the principles of community.
(d) It will guide the student to become a teacher.

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

8. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?
(a) That these types of critics are stagnant in their thoughts and threaten to limit the influence of Divine guidance.
(b) That these types of critics are a threat to the true Church.
(c) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(d) That these types of critics, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.

9. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?
(a) Augustine considers himself as one.
(b) God will appoint them to a position of authority.
(c) They are blessed.
(d) Such "gifts" were exhausted at Pentecost.

10. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?
(a) That human teaching becomes a validation of Divine gifts.
(b) That there is no point to human teaching if learning only comes through Divine gifts.
(c) That Divine gifts work as a validation of human teaching.
(d) That Divine gifts become the standard against which all teaching is measured.

11. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?
(a) An individual must sell all possessions and give the money to the Priest.
(b) An individual must repent of their sins and be baptized.
(c) An individual's eyes must be purged and God's plan and healing must be followed.
(d) An individual must leave their mother and father and cleave to the Church.

12. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That Priests are a model of what St. Paul inferred in Hebrews was the "Priesthood of Believers," and are therefore a legitimate source of guidance.
(b) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(c) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(d) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.

13. 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 learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(c) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(d) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?

14. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?
(a) A delicious meal.
(b) The gathering of friends who come to share a delicious meal.
(c) The pot for cooking a delicious meal.
(d) The special gift that enables one to cook a delicious meal.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?

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

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