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1. 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?
(a) Augustine's system requires study and application of rules whereas the critics believe they can understand through special gifts.
(b) Augustine's system of learning requires study in Greek philosophy whereas the critics require researching copies of manuscripts.
(c) Augustine's system requires great expense in accessing the necessary documents of learning whereas the critics allow for the interpretation of the spirit through tongues.
(d) Augustine's system requires finding a qualified Priest to hand down the official teaching of the Church whereas the critics allow free interpretation.

2. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?
(a) The promise of His return, His illuminated truths, and signs.
(b) Signs, things, and enjoyment.
(c) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(d) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.

3. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(b) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(c) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.
(d) That Priests are a model of what St. Paul inferred in Hebrews was the "Priesthood of Believers," and are therefore a legitimate source of guidance.

4. What is the doctrine that Augustine claims critics of human teaching defend?
(a) That God will communicate through tongues.
(b) That God will communicate through the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit.
(c) That God will communicate the meaning of Scripture through "special gifts."
(d) That God will communicate through signs and symbols.

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

6. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(b) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be learned through "special gifts," and God wants everyone to know scriptures, then why doesn't everyone have "special gifts"?
(c) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(d) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?

7. 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 Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(c) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(d) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."

8. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine argues that Scripture contains many examples of people teaching others.
(b) Augustine argues that Scripture does not negate any teaching extrapolated from Scripture.
(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 is the foundation of his writing, so his effort is divinely inspired.

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

10. What are the three things that Augustine claims that interpretations of Scripture should build up?
(a) Hope, signs, and the inner eye.
(b) The inner eye, love, and illuminated truth.
(c) Special gifts, community, and signs.
(d) Faith, hope and love.

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?

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

3. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?

4. What is the subject that Augustine addresses in Book One and Book Two?

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

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