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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?
(a) The doctrine of God's omnipotence.
(b) The Christian conception of love.
(c) The Christian conception of Christ's deity.
(d) The doctrine of Scriptural infallibility.

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

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

6. 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 of learning requires study in Greek philosophy whereas the critics require researching copies of manuscripts.
(b) 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.
(c) Augustine's system requires study and application of rules whereas the critics believe they can understand through special gifts.
(d) Augustine's system requires finding a qualified Priest to hand down the official teaching of the Church whereas the critics allow free interpretation.

7. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine argues that Scripture contains many examples of people teaching others.
(b) Augustine argues, in his blending of Greek and Christian thoughts, that Scripture contains many examples of God using pagans to exhibit his will.
(c) Augustine argues that Scripture does not negate any teaching extrapolated from Scripture.
(d) Augustine argues that Scripture is the foundation of his writing, so his effort is divinely inspired.

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

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

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

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

12. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?
(a) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(b) The relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.
(c) The fall of Adam in Genesis and the murder of Able by Cain.
(d) A good meal and a pot.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?

2. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?

3. How does Augustine characterize the argument that his teaching is not needed because it comes from a human source?

4. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?

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

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