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1. 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.

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?
(a) That Divine gifts work as a validation of human teaching.
(b) That there is no point to human teaching if learning only comes through Divine gifts.
(c) That human teaching becomes a validation of Divine gifts.
(d) That Divine gifts become the standard against which all teaching is measured.

8. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?
(a) Augustine believes God guides those who gather in Christian community.
(b) Augustine is familiar with the classification system of the library at Hippo Regius.
(c) Augustine has great respect for other learned Priests within his sphere.
(d) Augustine believes that God will give to him because God gives to those who "give away," as does Augustine when he teaches.

9. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?
(a) Understanding how to learn from Scripture.
(b) Understanding how to convey what one learned from Scripture.
(c) Understanding how scripture develops community.
(d) Teaching the doctrines of Scripture.

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

11. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?
(a) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(b) That these types of critics are stagnant in their thoughts and threaten to limit the influence of Divine guidance.
(c) That these types of critics, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.
(d) That these types of critics are a threat to the true Church.

12. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?
(a) To remember experiencing learning for themselves.
(b) To practice the rhetorical skills he embraces to make criticism more effective.
(c) To be wary of falling into the trap of heresy.
(d) To patiently contemplate his points before they make a judgment.

13. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?
(a) A friend with the special gift to cook a delicious meal can be enjoyed for their company.
(b) Friends who gather for community can enjoy the delicious meal.
(c) The shine and sturdiness of a pot or pan can be enjoyed.
(d) The community that develops for a delicious meal can be enjoyed.

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

15. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It leads to destruction.
(b) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(c) It will result in loss of special gifts.
(d) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?

2. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

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

4. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

5. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?

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