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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 must sell all possessions and give the money to the Priest.
(c) An individual must repent of their sins and be baptized.
(d) An individual's eyes must be purged and God's plan and healing must be followed.

4. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between discovering what Scripture teaches and communicating it.
(b) The distinction between the Christian conception of love and the pagan conception of love.
(c) The distinction between "enjoy" and "use."
(d) The distinction between learning and teaching.

5. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using humans to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?
(a) Angels guiding human teachers in spiritual communities.
(b) Christ dispensing special gifts without communities.
(c) God directing the student to understand His role in Scripture.
(d) Human teachers in human communities.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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 a threat to the true Church.
(b) That these types of critics are stagnant in their thoughts and threaten to limit the influence of Divine guidance.
(c) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(d) That these types of critics, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.

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

15. Augustine wrote that the critics he mainly focuses on in the Preface base their positions on what belief?
(a) Fear of losing their influence.
(b) That they already understand Scripture.
(c) A misapplication of Scripture.
(d) Resistance to accept new ideas.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

4. What are the three things that Augustine claims that interpretations of Scripture should build up?

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

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