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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?
(a) He/she will help to apply the principles of community.
(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 develop a student's teaching skill.

2. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?
(a) The student does not learn from the experience of a learned devotee of Scripture.
(b) The student does not receive access to the types of references that make learning complete.
(c) The student does not benefit from an environment that has been modeled by Scriptural standards.
(d) The student loses the opportunity to participate in mutual love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?
(a) A friend who has the special gift to cook a delicious meal.
(b) A delicious meal used to to bring friends together.
(c) Community that develops among friends during a delicious meal.
(d) A pot for cooking a delicious meal.

11. 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.

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

13. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?
(a) That Adam made the choice of sin, but Cain responded out of the impulse passed to him from Adam's choice.
(b) The meal is enjoyed, but the pot is used.
(c) That Lucifer sought to discredit Job's faith, but God realized the depth of Job's convictions.
(d) 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.

14. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(b) Criticism from those who claim too many Christians could not access proper training.
(c) Criticism from those who face punishment if they try to apply it.
(d) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.

15. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?
(a) He will collaborate with members of his church community.
(b) He will extensively study in the library at Hippo Regius.
(c) God will give him the knowledge that he lacks.
(d) He will confer closely with other learned Priests.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

2. What is an important distinction that Augustine teaches students to understand through three Books of "On Christian Doctrine?

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

4. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?

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

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