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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.
(b) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.
(c) Regular participation in church activities.
(d) Isolating from temptations.

2. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?
(a) Human communities.
(b) A private audience with a well-trained Priest.
(c) A properly sanctioned site of Scriptural education.
(d) An ecclesiastical structure.

3. 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 believe it is not needed.
(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.

4. 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 his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(c) Criticism that blending Greek and Christian philosophies was heretical.
(d) Criticism that his moral demands would be restricted to pagan converts.

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

6. 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) Resistance to accept new ideas.
(c) That they already understand Scripture.
(d) A misapplication of Scripture.

7. 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.

8. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?
(a) The community that develops for a delicious meal can be enjoyed.
(b) Friends who gather for community can enjoy the delicious meal.
(c) The shine and sturdiness of a pot or pan can be enjoyed.
(d) A friend with the special gift to cook a delicious meal can be enjoyed for their company.

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

10. What is the subject that Augustine addresses in Book One and Book Two?
(a) Understanding what one should learn from Scripture.
(b) Finding what to learn from Scripture.
(c) Finding a place in a Scriptural community.
(d) Understanding how to convey Scripture.

11. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?
(a) God will give him the knowledge that he lacks.
(b) He will extensively study in the library at Hippo Regius.
(c) He will collaborate with members of his church community.
(d) He will confer closely with other learned Priests.

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

13. 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) They are blessed.
(d) God will appoint them to a position of authority.

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

15. 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 under God's authority and things that are sinful.
(d) Categories of things that are things and things that are signs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?

2. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?

3. Based on Augustine's Preface, what is the perception of critics toward learning?

4. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?

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

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