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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Augustine wrote that the critics he mainly focuses on in the Preface base their positions on what belief?
(a) Fear of losing their influence.
(b) That they already understand Scripture.
(c) A misapplication of Scripture.
(d) Resistance to accept new ideas.

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

4. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?
(a) It is integral to proper Scriptural interpretation.
(b) It is integral to applying the principles of community.
(c) It will guide the student to become a teacher.
(d) It will help the student understand God's motivation for interacting with creation.

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

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

7. 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) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(c) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.
(d) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.

8. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?
(a) One should only love oneself if God endowed him with understanding for interpretation.
(b) One should only love oneself on account of God.
(c) One should only love oneself if they can discern signs from things.
(d) One should only love oneself if they have seen illuminated truth.

9. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?
(a) On sins of omission.
(b) On original sin.
(c) On things as things.
(d) On "special gifts."

10. 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 blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.
(d) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.

11. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.
(b) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."
(c) A Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(d) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.

12. What does Augustine identify as the relationship between all other things and the object of ultimate worship?
(a) All other things can be used for God's purposes through the application of special gifts.
(b) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(c) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(d) All other things are used as a means to enjoy the Trinity.

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

14. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?
(a) If these critics believe that understanding Scripture can only be achieved through the application of "special gifts", doesn't their effort to teach expose their students to personal bias that might interfere with their "special gifts"?
(b) If God only communicates the truth of Scripture through those who have "special gifts", is not God limiting his communication with the pagan who has not received such gifts?
(c) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be achieved through "special gifts", isn't God's power of communicating limited out side of his act to give the gifts?
(d) If these critics believe students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?

2. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?

3. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

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

5. What is the main difference between the system of learning that Augustine advocates and that advocated by the critics he focuses on in the Preface?

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