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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 from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.

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 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"?

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

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

6. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.
(b) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(c) It leads to destruction.
(d) It will result in loss of special gifts.

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

8. 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, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.
(c) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(d) That these types of critics are a threat to the true Church.

9. What does Augustine identify as the relationship between all other things and the object of ultimate worship?
(a) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(b) All other things can be used for God's purposes through the application of special gifts.
(c) All other things are used as a means to enjoy the Trinity.
(d) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.

10. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.
(b) Criticism that his moral demands would be restricted to pagan converts.
(c) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(d) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.

11. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."
(b) A Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(c) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(d) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.

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

13. 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.

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

15. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?
(a) Understanding how scripture develops community.
(b) Teaching the doctrines of Scripture.
(c) Understanding how to convey what one learned from Scripture.
(d) Understanding how to learn from Scripture.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?

3. What is an important distinction that Augustine teaches students to understand through three Books of "On Christian Doctrine?

4. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?

5. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

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