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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Augustine, of the different forms through which the grammar types show themselves, which is, by definition, the most difficult to interpret?
(a) The riddle because it often requires an answer that was even hidden in the day it was given.
(b) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(c) The catachresis because of its "misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect."
(d) The sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.

2. What are the two types of signs in Book Two?
(a) Illuminated or hidden.
(b) Angelic or demonic.
(c) Literal or metaphorical.
(d) Things or words.

3. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?
(a) That God requires that his will be followed.
(b) As a sign that God will exercise an act of judgment.
(c) As being good for the individual or group at the time.
(d) That God is becoming intolerant of defiance against his laws.

4. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?
(a) Seclusion from secular temptations to allow for the maturation of the "inner eye" as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(b) Exclusive study of Scripture and submission to the proper guidance from church officials as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(c) Strict adherence to the dietary laws of Israel and understanding of prophecy as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(d) Theological virtue and great learning as methods of handling the problem of Book Two.

5. What is the difference between the time that God might deliver what seems to be an evil command in the Old Testament and the current time, according to Augustine?
(a) They could not be done without sinful intent at the time of Augustine's writing.
(b) They were taken by those who recorded God's law directly from the source.
(c) They were taken by those who clearly understood God's signs.
(d) They were taken by people to whom God gave his orders directly.

6. From what type of education does Augustine develop his curriculum of Scriptural learning?
(a) An ecclesiastical education.
(b) A Hasidic education.
(c) A Nazarene education.
(d) A classical education.

7. What does Augustine call the types of grammar used through Scripture?
(a) Dialects.
(b) Syntax.
(c) Rudiments.
(d) Tropes.

8. How does Augustine treat Tyconius' rules that he cites in his book?
(a) Augustine applies them to particular cases to the end of Book Three.
(b) Augustine compares them to his own set of principles to point out differences and similarities.
(c) Augustine uses them to prove what he considers misguided thinking of Donatists.
(d) Augustine merely illustrates Tyconius' rules as one of several approaches for interpreting Scripture of the day.

9. According to Augustine in Book Two, in order for the student to become an effective teacher, what two skills must the student master?
(a) Arts and sciences.
(b) Navigation and philosophy.
(c) Prophecy and signs.
(d) Logic and rhetoric.

10. According to Augustine, how should misunderstood signs become understood?
(a) By examining the use of the word that appears to be a thing.
(b) By considering how the used thing is accepted by the community.
(c) By committing the misunderstood words or expressions to memory.
(d) By examining the context in which things appear as signs.

11. By making the demands of understanding Scripture difficult, who was Augustine criticizing?
(a) Those who felt that Scripture could be interpreted through current events.
(b) Those who believe that only studying the life of Christ was sufficient to understand Scripture.
(c) Those who believe that learning information outside of the Bible leads to heresy.
(d) His detractors believed Scripture could be interpreted easily through special gifts.

12. What are some of the practices of these categories in which humans must not participate?
(a) Attempting to reconcile truth with heresy.
(b) Using special gifts to attempt to convert things to signs.
(c) Teaching literal spheres as figurative spheres.
(d) Superstition and astrology.

13. Of Tyconius' rules for interpreting Scripture that Augustine examined, which two relate to the subjects that Augustine recommended for study in Book Two?
(a) On the promises and the law and On the devil and his body.
(b) On the Lord and his body and On the promises and the law.
(c) On species and genus and On measurements of time.
(d) On the Lord's twofold body and On genus and species.

14. What is the significance of Augustine recommending mastery of so many fields in Book Two?
(a) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.
(b) Broad knowledge is needed to properly interpret Scripture.
(c) Attempting to absorb so much information exercises the mind and helps the student find their special gift.
(d) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.

15. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?
(a) That learning from Augustine was all absorbing and time consuming.
(b) That he believes that finding the meaning of scripture can only be done through intense and careful study.
(c) That he was preparing them for other professions should they not prove adept at teaching.
(d) That he was a hard taskmaster with high expectations of his students.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Augustine say a student should treat any evil actions or speech from characters Scriptures praise as holy?

2. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?

3. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?

4. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?

5. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?

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