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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using humans to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.

2. 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 leads to destruction.
(d) It will result in loss of special gifts.

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

4. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?
(a) An ecclesiastical structure.
(b) A private audience with a well-trained Priest.
(c) Human communities.
(d) A properly sanctioned site of Scriptural education.

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

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

7. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(b) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(c) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(d) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.

8. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That one should find illuminated truth to love God and thy neighbor.
(b) That one thing that is illuminated truth is loving God and then thy neighbor.
(c) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.
(d) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.

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

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

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

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

13. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) God will assure that the Church will become the primary social force in the world.
(b) Christians will transform society through piety and rhetorical skill.
(c) The work will face three kinds of criticism.
(d) Christians will gather around a uniform doctrine.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?

2. What are the three things that Augustine claims that interpretations of Scripture should build up?

3. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?

4. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?

5. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?

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