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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between encouraging and exhortation.
(b) The distinction between Christian love and pagan love.
(c) The distinction between things and signs.
(d) The distinction between enjoy and use.

3. According to Augustine, what are competing influences on an individual's thinking?
(a) Laborers and land owners.
(b) Priests and Rabbis.
(c) The devil and angels.
(d) Husbands and wives.

4. 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) A delicious meal.
(d) The special gift that enables one to cook a delicious meal.

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

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

7. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?
(a) An individual must repent of their sins and be baptized.
(b) An individual must leave their mother and father and cleave to the Church.
(c) An individual must sell all possessions and give the money to the Priest.
(d) An individual's eyes must be purged and God's plan and healing must be followed.

8. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?
(a) One should only love oneself if God endowed him with understanding for interpretation.
(b) One should only love oneself if they have seen illuminated truth.
(c) One should only love oneself on account of God.
(d) One should only love oneself if they can discern signs from things.

9. 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 requires great expense in accessing the necessary documents of learning whereas the critics allow for the interpretation of the spirit through tongues.
(c) Augustine's system of learning requires study in Greek philosophy whereas the critics require researching copies of manuscripts.
(d) Augustine's system requires finding a qualified Priest to hand down the official teaching of the Church whereas the critics allow free interpretation.

10. 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 are stagnant in their thoughts and threaten to limit the influence of Divine guidance.
(b) That these types of critics are a threat to the true Church.
(c) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(d) That these types of critics, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.

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

12. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?
(a) Augustine considers himself as one.
(b) They are blessed.
(c) God will appoint them to a position of authority.
(d) Such "gifts" were exhausted at Pentecost.

13. 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 Divine gifts become the standard against which all teaching is measured.
(d) That human teaching becomes a validation of Divine gifts.

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

15. 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 original sin and human nature.
(c) The difference between "things" and "signs."
(d) The difference between "special gifts" and talents.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?

4. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?

5. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?

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