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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) The community that develops for a delicious meal can be enjoyed.
(c) Friends who gather for community can enjoy the delicious meal.
(d) The shine and sturdiness of a pot or pan can be enjoyed.

3. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?
(a) To that between human nature and original sin.
(b) To that between God and Lucifer.
(c) To that between critics who do not understand and critics who believe in "special gifts."
(d) To that between instrumental and intrinsic good.

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

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

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

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

8. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?
(a) If God only communicates the truth of Scripture through those who have "special gifts", is not God limiting his communication with the pagan who has not received such gifts?
(b) If these critics believe that understanding Scripture can only be achieved through the application of "special gifts", doesn't their effort to teach expose their students to personal bias that might interfere with their "special gifts"?
(c) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be achieved through "special gifts", isn't God's power of communicating limited out side of his act to give the gifts?
(d) If these critics believe students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?

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

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

11. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(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 refuse or are unable to apply it.

12. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?
(a) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.
(b) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(c) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.
(d) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.

13. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(b) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(c) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(d) 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"?

14. What basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?
(a) Many writers have intensely studied Scriptures and have left their impressions for their use.
(b) Trial and error application often give non-Christians the opportunity to "mock God."
(c) The works of writers closer to the time of the authors of Scripture are frequently incomplete, disjointed, and often unverifiable.
(d) The fact that they learned important tools, such as the alphabet, from other humans.

15. 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) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(c) Signs, things, and enjoyment.
(d) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.

Short Answer Questions

1. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?

2. Based on Augustine's Preface, what is the perception of critics toward learning?

3. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?

4. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?

5. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?

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