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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the subject that Augustine addresses in Book One and Book Two?
(a) Finding what to learn from Scripture.
(b) Understanding how to convey Scripture.
(c) Finding a place in a Scriptural community.
(d) Understanding what one should learn from Scripture.

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

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

4. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(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) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.

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

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

7. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?
(a) Only things that are used with special gifts to prove Truth can be enjoyed.
(b) Only things that reveal Truth can be enjoyed.
(c) Only wisdom and Truth can be enjoyed.
(d) Only eternal and unchangeable things can be enjoyed.

8. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?
(a) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.
(b) A "special gift" from God.
(c) Intense study of Scripture.
(d) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.

9. 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.

10. How are things separated by Augustine?
(a) Categories of things that are Biblical and things that are non-Biblical.
(b) Categories of things that are things and things that are signs.
(c) Categories of things under God's authority and things that are sinful.
(d) Categories of things that are enjoyed and things that are used.

11. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?
(a) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.
(b) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.
(c) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(d) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.

12. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?
(a) Christ dispensing special gifts without communities.
(b) God directing the student to understand His role in Scripture.
(c) Human teachers in human communities.
(d) Angels guiding human teachers in spiritual communities.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?

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

4. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?

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

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