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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) That God is becoming intolerant of defiance against his laws.
(c) That God requires that his will be followed.
(d) As a sign that God will exercise an act of judgment.

2. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?
(a) Rigorous physical and mental challenges to prove to God the seriousness of the desire to learn.
(b) Stages of spiritual purification and understand the need for God and Christian virtues.
(c) The purging of unclean spiritual occupations that are too common in the pagan cultures.
(d) A 40-day period of seclusion and fasting so they can better know the mind of Christ.

3. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?
(a) They do not have the discipline to understand that seclusion is intended for purging human weakness and not for self-absorption.
(b) They are too eager to misapply signs to inappropriate events and situations.
(c) They consider their ability to absorb knowledge as a special gift that makes them closer to God.
(d) They read Scriptural passages according to their own cultural and historical biases.

4. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?
(a) That those who sought Augustine as a teacher will need to have conviction and determination to take on the challenges he puts before his students.
(b) That God is the master of all creation and language and the more you know of each the better you understand what God passed on in Scripture.
(c) That learning as much as possible is the best way to separate the individual from the common population.
(d) That personal discipline and focusing on things outside of the body helps build chastity and humility.

5. According to Book Two, what is the most important knowledge a student of scripture can have?
(a) He must know the canon of Scripture well.
(b) He must know how to use the inner eye.
(c) He must the difference between things that are used and things that are enjoyed.
(d) He must know the difference between things and signs.

6. 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.

7. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?
(a) To use their "inner eye."
(b) To identify signs and their role in Scriptural learning.
(c) To understand God's revelation.
(d) To use their "special gift."

8. What are the mix of subjects that Augustine emphasizes in his education?
(a) Rhetoric, philosophy, logic, botany, astronomy, languages and history.
(b) Dietary law, moral law, laws of separation and laws of exclusion.
(c) The history of the Pentateuch, the laws of prophets, and the writings of the Minor Prophets.
(d) Mosaic Law, dietary law, Biblical civil law, sacrificial law, and order of the Tabernacle and Temple.

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

10. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?
(a) Understanding the regional accents of the time will help interpret phrases and word variations.
(b) Understanding the dialects of the time will help to interpret discussions and analogies of Scripture.
(c) Understanding the grammar of languages will help interpret the prose and poetry of Scripture.
(d) Understanding the metaphors of the time will help bring deeper meaning to signs and parables.

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

12. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?
(a) Because God wants students to understand the context of words.
(b) Because humans find grasping the nature of things by analogy more satisfying.
(c) Because God wants his community to work through things and signs.
(d) Because God wants students to examine Scripture so they can discover His illuminated truth.

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

14. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?
(a) Students will attempt to win supporters to their views and Christian community will be broken.
(b) Individuals will be led to worship the creation rather than the Creator.
(c) Emotions will become the focus of worship and Christian community will crumble.
(d) Signs are treated as things and things are treated as signs.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From what type of education does Augustine develop his curriculum of Scriptural learning?

2. Of Tyconius' rules for interpreting Scripture that Augustine examined, which two relate to the subjects that Augustine recommended for study in Book Two?

3. By the end of Book Two, Augustine devoted much of this text to refuting critics who believe Scriptural interpretation comes simply. What does this infer of Augustine's methods of debate?

4. In Book Three, Augustine argues that since holy men from scripture receive evil language from God because of their condition, how should the passages with such language be read?

5. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is a condition that affects holy men and God's commands of them?

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