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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(b) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(c) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

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

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

4. 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 relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.
(c) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(d) A good meal and a pot.

5. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?
(a) That they follow miraculous events.
(b) Dispensing of such gifts is atypical.
(c) That they follow periods of oppression of those seeking His blessings.
(d) That they precede periods of peace and prosperity.

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

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

8. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?
(a) They are ordinary objects that are not used to signify something.
(b) They are the items that God puts before Christians to use.
(c) They are all items that fall under God's authority.
(d) They are the items that God puts before Christians to enjoy.

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

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

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

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

13. What was the second 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 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 refuse or are unable to apply it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?

2. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?

3. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?

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

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

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