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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?
(c) 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"?
(d) 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?

3. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(b) That Priests are a model of what St. Paul inferred in Hebrews was the "Priesthood of Believers," and are therefore a legitimate source of guidance.
(c) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.
(d) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.

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

5. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?
(a) The student does not benefit from an environment that has been modeled by Scriptural standards.
(b) The student loses the opportunity to participate in mutual love.
(c) The student does not learn from the experience of a learned devotee of Scripture.
(d) The student does not receive access to the types of references that make learning complete.

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

7. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.
(b) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.
(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.

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

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

10. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?
(a) Only things that reveal Truth can be enjoyed.
(b) Only things that are used with special gifts to prove Truth can be enjoyed.
(c) Only wisdom and Truth can be enjoyed.
(d) Only eternal and unchangeable things can be enjoyed.

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

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

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

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

15. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of the "inner eye" that can see eternal truths even when tainted by sin because it is illuminated by God.
(b) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(c) The doctrine of "special gifts of seeing" that God grants when individuals seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(d) The doctrine of "things and signs" helps an individual know which things and signs illuminate eternal truths.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?

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

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?

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

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