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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What Scriptural reference does Augustine make to prove his point regarding checking this hazard to learning the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."
(b) "Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God."
(c) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."
(d) "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."

4. 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.

5. What is the most important step Augustine's students must take to avoid the trap he sees in interpretation?
(a) Students need to devote themselves to studying the subjects Augustine recommended in Book Two.
(b) Students need to submit themselves to the process of purging their selfish desires.
(c) Students need to differentiate the love for God from the love for things common among the pagans.
(d) Students need to submit themselves to the scrutiny of a wise teacher who can dissuade them from becoming prideful.

6. 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?
(a) With sufficient references to historical data.
(b) With the understanding that God's word transcends time, so that spoken directly to holy men can be considered relevant to current settings.
(c) In context with the laws that God is applying to the particular situation.
(d) Both literally and figuratively.

7. 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 role of Mosaic Law and Biblical social law in founding Israelite society.
(c) The foundations of Israelite history and the influence of prophecy on the Christian Church.
(d) History, culture and languages of Biblical peoples.

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 on translations of manuscripts of Scripture.
(c) The student must rely on experience.
(d) The student must rely heavily on experts.

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

10. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(b) He/she must understand that knowing how to use signs can lead to abusing signs.
(c) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.
(d) His/her own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.

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

12. What are the primary possessions of the student of Scripture, according to Augustine in Book Two?
(a) Special gifts, things, and signs.
(b) Illuminated truth, the inner eye, and faith.
(c) Faith, hope, and love.
(d) Love, illuminated truth, and the inner eye.

13. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?
(a) Any speech or language that condemns evil and recommends love or kindness.
(b) Any speech or language that describes blessings for the chosen of God.
(c) Any speech or language that defines how a thing is a sign.
(d) Any speech or language that details the authority of God.

14. What is the topic of Book Three?
(a) Augustine differentiates between signs given by God and signs give by angels.
(b) Augustine details the difference of signs given to groups and signs given to individuals.
(c) Augustine tackles the problem of understanding signs that are ambiguous.
(d) Augustine addresses the controversy of the human filter inhibiting the interpretation of Scripture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Augustine writes in Book Three that in order to make the type of evaluation of the command given to the intended target, what knowledge must a student of Scripture possess?

2. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?

3. How does Augustine treat Tyconius' rules that he cites in his book?

4. What Augustine accomplished with his first three books from "On Christian Doctrine"?

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

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