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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?
(a) Community that develops among friends during a delicious meal.
(b) A friend who has the special gift to cook a delicious meal.
(c) A pot for cooking a delicious meal.
(d) A delicious meal used to to bring friends together.

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

3. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?
(a) One should only love oneself if they can discern signs from things.
(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 God endowed him with understanding for interpretation.

4. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of the "inner eye" that can see eternal truths even when tainted by sin because it is illuminated by God.
(b) The doctrine of "special gifts of seeing" that God grants when individuals seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(c) The doctrine of "things and signs" helps an individual know which things and signs illuminate eternal truths.
(d) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to seek eternal truths illuminated by God.

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

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

7. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?
(a) Only things that reveal Truth can be enjoyed.
(b) Only things that are used with special gifts to prove Truth can be enjoyed.
(c) Only wisdom and Truth can be enjoyed.
(d) Only eternal and unchangeable things can be enjoyed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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 follow periods of oppression of those seeking His blessings.
(c) That they follow miraculous events.
(d) That they precede periods of peace and prosperity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?

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

3. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?

4. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?

5. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?

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