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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What form do these grammar types take?
(a) Poem, metaphor, sarcasm, and hyperbole.
(b) Prose, poem, dissertation, and story.
(c) Allegory, enigma, parable, and catachresis.
(d) Hyperbole, riddle, song, and parable.

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

3. 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 catachresis because of its "misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect."
(c) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(d) The sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.

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

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

6. What are the two different ways a Scriptural passage can be considered, according to Book Three?
(a) They can be considered linguistically or grammatically.
(b) They can be considered figuratively or literally.
(c) They can be considered culturally or historically.
(d) They can be considered as details of things or details of signs.

7. What does Augustine call signs that are only used to express and transmit thoughts?
(a) Natural signs.
(b) Given signs.
(c) Signs that are things.
(d) Signs that are words.

8. What hazard does Augustine state must one keep in check as they learn of the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) Eschatology against Scriptural language to prevent heresy.
(b) The pride develops with great learning.
(c) The accuracy of translations against original manuscripts.
(d) The consistency of what are considered to be signs against traditional interpretations.

9. How does Augustine say a student should treat any evil actions or speech from characters Scriptures praise as holy?
(a) As figurative language.
(b) They must be treated as a poor interpretation and a study of the language and history of the passage must be examined.
(c) As an announcement from God of impending judgment.
(d) As a blasphemy against God and the character's holiness must be considered as revoked by God.

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

11. What Augustine accomplished with his first three books from "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) He identified the difference between his line of reasoning and those who criticize his views.
(b) He set out an intimidating course of study that only the serious student of Scripture will be willing to consider.
(c) He established a beginning set of exegetical principles.
(d) He left out important details that could be useful in the interpretation of Scripture.

12. Since Augustine regards his disciples as "divinely instituted," what responsibility falls on his students?
(a) They have the duty to apply good social and intellectual practices.
(b) They have the duty to discover their "special gift."
(c) They have the duty to know the difference between things and signs.
(d) They have the duty to develop their "inner eye."

13. 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.

14. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?
(a) Figuratively and literally.
(b) Of signs and things.
(c) With cruelty and kindness.
(d) In spiritual terms and human terms.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Augustine, to whom are commands from Scripture intended?

2. What Scriptural passage does Augustine use to remind the reader of "On Christian Doctrine" of the condition that affects holy men?

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

4. If Augustine sets a standard for how to interpret Scriptural characters literally, and he applies the converse of that standard for interpreting Scriptural character's figuratively, how would that standard be articulated?

5. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.

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