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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 great expense in accessing the necessary documents of learning whereas the critics allow for the interpretation of the spirit through tongues.
(b) Augustine's system requires study and application of rules whereas the critics believe they can understand through special gifts.
(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.

5. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who face punishment if they try to apply it.
(b) Criticism from those who claim too many Christians could not access proper training.
(c) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

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

7. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?
(a) Humans should fear the authority of God over judgment.
(b) God should be enjoyed by humans.
(c) Humans should submit to God's authority.
(d) Humans should become like God.

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

9. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Christians will gather around a uniform doctrine.
(b) God will assure that the Church will become the primary social force in the world.
(c) Christians will transform society through piety and rhetorical skill.
(d) The work will face three kinds of criticism.

10. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?
(a) Angels and human communities.
(b) Wars and rumors of wars.
(c) Scripture and nature.
(d) Priests and Rabbis

11. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(b) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(c) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

12. How does Augustine characterize the argument that his teaching is not needed because it comes from a human source?
(a) It is being heretical.
(b) It is being logically inconsistent.
(c) It is responsible for allowing "babes in the Faith being devoured by the wolves of the world."
(d) It is intolerant.

13. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?
(a) It is integral to proper Scriptural interpretation.
(b) It is integral to applying the principles of community.
(c) It will guide the student to become a teacher.
(d) It will help the student understand God's motivation for interacting with creation.

14. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?
(a) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.
(b) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.
(c) A "special gift" from God.
(d) Intense study of Scripture.

15. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?
(a) He/she will help in developing an understanding of God's motivations.
(b) He/she will increase the love that one feels.
(c) He/she will help to apply the principles of community.
(d) He/she will help develop a student's teaching skill.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?

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

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

4. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?

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

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