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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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?
(a) Of the history of the event for which God is giving the command.
(b) Of how God expects his laws to be applied.
(c) Of how God used a sign to foretell his command.
(d) Of how God makes his will manifest.

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

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

6. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?
(a) Signs are treated as things and things are treated as signs.
(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) Students will attempt to win supporters to their views and Christian community will be broken.

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

8. 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 being good for the individual or group at the time.
(c) As a sign that God will exercise an act of judgment.
(d) That God is becoming intolerant of defiance against his laws.

9. What does Augustine identify as a necessary subject that a student must learn to understand Scripture?
(a) The relevant languages and make all the translations he can find.
(b) The working order of the Catholic Church to understand where to go for sound reference and guidance.
(c) Records of the Council of Trent to know the points of sound doctrine.
(d) The Apocrypha so the hidden meaning of Scriptural signs can be illuminated.

10. Even though Augustine does not mention this subject directly, what will his students need to master to understand languages?
(a) Metaphors.
(b) Grammar.
(c) Dialects.
(d) Regional accents.

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

12. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?
(a) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.
(b) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
(c) Tyconius was a Donatist and much of "On Christian Doctrine" is written to address points of disagreement between Augustine and Donatists.
(d) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.

13. 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?
(a) Augustine is obsessive and relentlessly badgers his critics into submission.
(b) Augustine is personally offended with critics and chooses to punish those who most support him.
(c) Augustine chooses to overwhelm his critics with so much information that they lose track of their arguments.
(d) Augustine confronts his critics with thorough investigation and lets his text prove his integrity.

14. 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 as details of things or details of signs.
(c) They can be considered figuratively or literally.
(d) They can be considered culturally or historically.

15. 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) History, culture and languages of Biblical peoples.
(c) Dietary law and moral law in creating stable, healthy judges, and teachers.
(d) The role of Mosaic Law and Biblical social law in founding Israelite society.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In taking the challenge that Augustine presents in Book Three, how should the Christian student differentiate himself from the pagan?

4. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?

5. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?

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