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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Scriptural reference does Augustine make to prove his point regarding checking this hazard to learning the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book."
(b) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."
(c) "Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God."
(d) "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."

2. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?
(a) The sins of holy men are reported in Scripture so individuals never think they are too great to sin.
(b) The knowledge of law possessed by holy men is reported in Scripture to guide students to approach God's communication with the same zeal.
(c) The direct communication that holy men had with God is reported so current students will approach Scripture with the reverence it deserves.
(d) The discernment of holy men is reported in Scripture to remind students of the work that needs to be done to understand the history and culture of holy men.

3. Of the areas that Augustine emphasizes, what area receives the most intense focus?
(a) Dietary law and moral law in creating stable, healthy judges, and teachers.
(b) The foundations of Israelite history and the influence of prophecy on the Christian Church.
(c) The role of Mosaic Law and Biblical social law in founding Israelite society.
(d) History, culture and languages of Biblical peoples.

4. 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 people to whom God gave his orders directly.
(d) They were taken by those who clearly understood God's signs.

5. What was the topic of Book Three?
(a) Learning as a discipline to prove Christian convictions.
(b) Learning how to overcome critics with well-reasoned and complete prose.
(c) Learning the philosophy of Classic Greeks as a key to Scriptural interpretation.
(d) Learning how to handle unknown or unfamiliar signs.

6. What are subjects that Augustine identifies that 'must be learned'?
(a) Measurements of all kinds, alphabets, history, medicine and astronomy.
(b) The miracles of the Church immediately after the ascension of Christ, the languages of the Roman Empire, and the laws of Israel.
(c) Dietary laws of Israel, miracles of the Pentateuch, and the sermons of Christ.
(d) The manifestations of creation throughout Scripture, every perspective of eschatology, the application of minor prophets to community.

7. What are the two categories of signs Augustine identifies in Book Two?
(a) Signs that are given through special gifts and signs that are given through angels.
(b) Natural signs and given signs.
(c) Signs that can be used and signs that can be enjoyed.
(d) Signs that are things and signs that are words.

8. Upon what does Augustine say the student of Scripture must rely during his studies?
(a) The student must rely heavily on manuscripts of Scripture.
(b) The student must rely heavily on experts.
(c) The student must rely on translations of manuscripts of Scripture.
(d) The student must rely on experience.

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

10. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.
(a) To grow love in one's heart first and foremost.
(b) Diligently apply Scripture properly in every case.
(c) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.
(d) Care of how eschatology is applied.

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

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

13. What does Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?
(a) The background of the passages needs to be compared.
(b) The meanings must be harmonized.
(c) A second division needs to be made separating Old Testament from New Testament.
(d) The language and grammar must be checked for accuracy and similarities.

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

15. 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 Lord and his body and On the promises and the law.
(b) On the Lord's twofold body and On genus and species.
(c) On species and genus and On measurements of time.
(d) On the promises and the law and On the devil and his body.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine prove from the demands he expects from his students that he began defending against critics in the Preface?

2. What is an apparent contradiction regarding Augustine's expectation of students to interpretation and an omission from his commentaries in "On Christian Doctrine"?

3. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?

4. What is the most important step Augustine's students must take to avoid the trap he sees in interpretation?

5. Even though Augustine does not mention this subject directly, what will his students need to master to understand languages?

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