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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?
(a) In spiritual terms and human terms.
(b) Of signs and things.
(c) With cruelty and kindness.
(d) Figuratively and literally.
2. 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) Both literally and figuratively.
(b) With sufficient references to historical data.
(c) In context with the laws that God is applying to the particular situation.
(d) With the understanding that God's word transcends time, so that spoken directly to holy men can be considered relevant to current settings.
3. 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 a Donatist and much of "On Christian Doctrine" is written to address points of disagreement between Augustine and Donatists.
(b) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.
(c) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.
(d) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
4. 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 as details of things or details of signs.
(d) They can be considered culturally or historically.
5. What is the topic of Book Three?
(a) Augustine differentiates between signs given by God and signs give by angels.
(b) Augustine addresses the controversy of the human filter inhibiting the interpretation of Scripture.
(c) Augustine tackles the problem of understanding signs that are ambiguous.
(d) Augustine details the difference of signs given to groups and signs given to individuals.
6. What does Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?
(a) The meanings must be harmonized.
(b) A second division needs to be made separating Old Testament from New Testament.
(c) The background of the passages needs to be compared.
(d) The language and grammar must be checked for accuracy and similarities.
7. 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) History, culture and languages of Biblical peoples.
(c) Dietary law and moral law in creating stable, healthy judges, and teachers.
(d) The foundations of Israelite history and the influence of prophecy on the Christian Church.
8. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) He/she must understand that knowing how to use signs can lead to abusing signs.
(b) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(c) His/her own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.
(d) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.
9. How does Augustine say a student should treat any evil actions or speech from characters Scriptures praise as holy?
(a) As a blasphemy against God and the character's holiness must be considered as revoked by God.
(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 figurative language.
10. What does Augustine state signs are regardless of whether they want to be?
(a) Signs that are words.
(b) Signs that are things.
(c) Natural signs.
(d) Given signs.
11. 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 personal discipline and focusing on things outside of the body helps build chastity and humility.
(c) That learning as much as possible is the best way to separate the individual from the common population.
(d) 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.
12. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?
(a) The sins of holy men are reported in Scripture so individuals never think they are too great to sin.
(b) 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.
(c) The direct communication that holy men had with God is reported so current students will approach Scripture with the reverence it deserves.
(d) The knowledge of law possessed by holy men is reported in Scripture to guide students to approach God's communication with the same zeal.
13. What is an important omission that Augustine commits as it applies to moral rules in Scripture?
(a) Augustine omits examples of grammatical forms from Scripture.
(b) Augustine omits grammatical techniques for interpreting Scripture.
(c) Augustine does not guide students to understand whether the moral rules of Scripture are universal or particular.
(d) Augustine omits standards for interpreting Scripture.
14. What are the two types of signs in Book Two?
(a) Angelic or demonic.
(b) Illuminated or hidden.
(c) Literal or metaphorical.
(d) Things or words.
15. What was the topic of Book Three?
(a) Learning how to overcome critics with well-reasoned and complete prose.
(b) Learning the philosophy of Classic Greeks as a key to Scriptural interpretation.
(c) Learning how to handle unknown or unfamiliar signs.
(d) Learning as a discipline to prove Christian convictions.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?
2. What does Augustine call signs that are only used to express and transmit thoughts?
3. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?
4. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?
5. According to Book Three, what is the cause of Christians who are not diligent in separating themselves from pagans?
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