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1. What does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?
(a) The Trinity of Christianity.
(b) The concept of Christian love as practiced in community.
(c) The things that we can develop from our special gifts.
(d) The things that God places in nature for us to use.

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

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

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

5. 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 is integral to applying the principles of community.
(c) It will guide the student to become a teacher.
(d) It is integral to proper Scriptural interpretation.

6. 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) Intense study of Scripture.
(c) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.
(d) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.

7. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?
(a) An individual must repent of their sins and be baptized.
(b) An individual must sell all possessions and give the money to the Priest.
(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.

8. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(b) Criticism that his moral demands would be restricted to pagan converts.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.

9. How does Augustine relate Truth and God?
(a) God created truth, but humans misuse things to reject truth.
(b) God creates things and things can be used to prove truth.
(c) God creates things and Truth, but the way humans use things and accept Truth determines whether humans enjoy the experience.
(d) Truth is based upon an unchanging standard and God is that unchanging standard.

10. Based on Augustine's Preface, what is the perception of critics toward learning?
(a) The most reliable aids for interpretation are writings from individuals directly connected to the authors of Scriptures.
(b) They do not need aids for interpretation such as those Augustine offers.
(c) The most reliable aids for interpretation are from Scripture themselves.
(d) Reliable interpretation can come from a situational application.

11. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of "special gifts of seeing" that God grants when individuals seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(b) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to 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 the "inner eye" that can see eternal truths even when tainted by sin because it is illuminated by God.

12. How does Augustine describe humans?
(a) Humans are things that use language as a symbol.
(b) Humans are things that can "enjoy," love and "use" things.
(c) Humans are things that are subject to the laws of God.
(d) Humans are above things because they use them.

13. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine argues that Scripture does not negate any teaching extrapolated from Scripture.
(b) Augustine argues that Scripture is the foundation of his writing, so his effort is divinely inspired.
(c) Augustine argues, in his blending of Greek and Christian thoughts, that Scripture contains many examples of God using pagans to exhibit his will.
(d) Augustine argues that Scripture contains many examples of people teaching others.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?

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

3. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?

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

5. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?

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