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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 heretical.
(b) It is responsible for allowing "babes in the Faith being devoured by the wolves of the world."
(c) It is intolerant.
(d) It is being logically inconsistent.

2. 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) Such "gifts" were exhausted at Pentecost.
(c) They are blessed.
(d) Augustine considers himself as one.

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

4. 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 human teaching becomes a validation of 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.

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

6. 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 sins of omission and original sin.
(c) The difference between "things" and "signs."
(d) The difference between original sin and human nature.

7. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?
(a) He/she will help develop a student's teaching skill.
(b) He/she will increase the love that one feels.
(c) He/she will help in developing an understanding of God's motivations.
(d) He/she will help to apply the principles of community.

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

9. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of "things and signs" helps an individual know which things and signs illuminate eternal truths.
(b) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(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.

10. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.
(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 from those who cannot grasp his teaching.

11. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?
(a) A pot for cooking a delicious meal.
(b) Community that develops among friends during a delicious meal.
(c) A delicious meal used to to bring friends together.
(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) Dispensing of such gifts is atypical.
(d) That they follow miraculous events.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?

4. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?

5. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?

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