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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Augustine claim this knowledge is required to understand what Scripture teaches?
(a) Because knowing the demands of the law of Israel helps to understand the freedom that Christians have through the atoning death of Christ.
(b) Because knowing the history of Israel and the prophecies concerning Christ makes a full connection between Israelite and Christian Scriptures.
(c) Because knowing the dietary and moral laws of the Nazarites aids in understanding the life and miracles of Christ.
(d) Because knowing the language, culture, and settings of the Scriptural record guides in making correct interpretations of Scripture.

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

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

4. What does Augustine state signs are regardless of whether they want to be?
(a) Given signs.
(b) Natural signs.
(c) Signs that are things.
(d) Signs that are words.

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

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

7. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is a condition that affects holy men and God's commands of them?
(a) They have spent time studying God's law and know how to apply his harsh language within the context of His judgment.
(b) They discern the signs given by God that appear evil.
(c) They can commit great sins.
(d) They from Scripture became so because God had more direct communication with them.

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

9. How can recommendations Augustine makes from Book Three prevent students from falling into the trap that misleads them?
(a) Augustine warns against allowing the increased knowledge of students from developing into pride.
(b) Augustine recommends that students learn the culture, language, and history from the periods that Scripture was written to develop the skill to interpret Scripture intelligently.
(c) Augustine painstakingly differentiates between signs and things to guide students away from misapplying both.
(d) Augustine devotes much of Book Two to detailing the demands on the serious student of Scripture.

10. In taking the challenge that Augustine presents in Book Three, how should the Christian student differentiate himself from the pagan?
(a) Christians must be careful not to convert personal motivations into causes of worship as pagans do.
(b) Christians must be careful not to confuse signs and things as many pagans do.
(c) Christians must be careful not to worship things as signs as pagans do.
(d) Christians must be careful not to use signs to elevate oneself as pagans do.

11. What does Book Three state is the purpose of God or angels using condemning terms?
(a) To announce displeasure with human conduct.
(b) To identify human nature.
(c) In relation to destroying evil or lust.
(d) To announce judgment.

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 develop their "inner eye."
(d) They have the duty to know the difference between things and signs.

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

14. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?
(a) By containing misunderstood words or expressions.
(b) By being things that don't appear as signs.
(c) By being words that appear as things.
(d) By being used things that are also enjoyed.

15. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?
(a) That learning from Augustine was all absorbing and time consuming.
(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 he believes that finding the meaning of scripture can only be done through intense and careful study.

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

3. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?

4. Of the areas that Augustine emphasizes, what area receives the most intense focus?

5. According to Book Two, what is the most important knowledge a student of scripture can have?

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