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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?
(a) The meal is enjoyed, but the pot is used.
(b) That critics who do not understand show a lack of interest to discover, but those who believe in special gifts use a false faith to rationalize their lack of interest.
(c) That Lucifer sought to discredit Job's faith, but God realized the depth of Job's convictions.
(d) That Adam made the choice of sin, but Cain responded out of the impulse passed to him from Adam's choice.

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

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

4. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(b) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

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

6. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Regular participation in church activities.
(b) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.
(c) Isolating from temptations.
(d) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?
(a) Because Scriptural infallibility affirms God's role in miracles and prophesy.
(b) The Christian conception of Christ's deity explains His resurrection and authority over forgiveness.
(c) God's omnipotence establishes His authority over creation and judgment.
(d) The two commandments of Christianity to love God and to love one's neighbor.

15. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between learning and teaching.
(b) The distinction between discovering what Scripture teaches and communicating it.
(c) The distinction between the Christian conception of love and the pagan conception of love.
(d) The distinction between "enjoy" and "use."

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?

4. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?

5. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?

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