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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) That Lucifer sought to discredit Job's faith, but God realized the depth of Job's convictions.
(c) 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.
(d) The meal is enjoyed, but the pot is used.

2. 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) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.
(c) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(d) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.

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

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

5. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?
(a) The fall of Adam in Genesis and the murder of Able by Cain.
(b) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(c) The relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.
(d) A good meal and a pot.

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

7. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?
(a) God's omnipotence establishes His authority over creation and judgment.
(b) The Christian conception of Christ's deity explains His resurrection and authority over forgiveness.
(c) Because Scriptural infallibility affirms God's role in miracles and prophesy.
(d) The two commandments of Christianity to love God and to love one's neighbor.

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

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

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

11. 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 from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.

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

13. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine argues, in his blending of Greek and Christian thoughts, that Scripture contains many examples of God using pagans to exhibit his will.
(b) Augustine argues that Scripture is the foundation of his writing, so his effort is divinely inspired.
(c) Augustine argues that Scripture contains many examples of people teaching others.
(d) Augustine argues that Scripture does not negate any teaching extrapolated from Scripture.

14. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?
(a) Using things without seeking wisdom is incompatible with love.
(b) Using things for non-Scriptural purposes is incompatible with love.
(c) Coveting things for one's self is incompatible with love.
(d) Using things without the goal of enjoying them is incompatible with love.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?

3. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?

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

5. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?

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