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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That one should find illuminated truth to love God and thy neighbor.
(b) That one thing that is illuminated truth is loving God and then thy neighbor.
(c) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.
(d) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.

3. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?
(a) On "special gifts."
(b) On sins of omission.
(c) On original sin.
(d) On things as things.

4. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.
(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 always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(d) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.

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

6. 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) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.
(c) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.
(d) Intense study of Scripture.

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

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

9. 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.

10. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?
(a) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(b) Signs, things, and enjoyment.
(c) The promise of His return, His illuminated truths, and signs.
(d) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.

11. What basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?
(a) Trial and error application often give non-Christians the opportunity to "mock God."
(b) Many writers have intensely studied Scriptures and have left their impressions for their use.
(c) The fact that they learned important tools, such as the alphabet, from other humans.
(d) The works of writers closer to the time of the authors of Scripture are frequently incomplete, disjointed, and often unverifiable.

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

13. 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.

14. 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 inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(c) It leads to destruction.
(d) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.

15. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?
(a) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(b) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.
(c) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.
(d) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?

2. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?

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

4. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?

5. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?

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