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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. According to Book Two, what is the most important knowledge a student of scripture can have?
(a) He must know how to use the inner eye.
(b) He must the difference between things that are used and things that are enjoyed.
(c) He must know the canon of Scripture well.
(d) He must know the difference between things and signs.

4. According to Augustine, to whom are commands from Scripture intended?
(a) Those who reject God's call to action.
(b) Those who live in violation of God's moral standards.
(c) Those who can discern signs from things.
(d) Certain individuals or groups.

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

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

7. 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) "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."
(c) "Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God."
(d) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."

8. 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 language, culture, and settings of the Scriptural record guides in making correct interpretations of Scripture.
(d) Because knowing the dietary and moral laws of the Nazarites aids in understanding the life and miracles of Christ.

9. 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."

10. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?
(a) Often figurative language is used to represent both God and angels and this language must be investigated in its original form, not translations.
(b) The sinful nature of the human filter can interfere with the interpretation of Scripture at any stage of investigation.
(c) Understanding the difference between signs given to groups and signs given to individuals can only be achieved after study of the languages in which languages were written.
(d) The meanings of Scriptural phrases that contain ambiguous signs can often be changed with misplaced punctuation.

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

12. Into what two spheres does Augustine divide the natural knowledge needed for Scriptural interpretation?
(a) Arts and sciences.
(b) Things and signs.
(c) Truth and heresies.
(d) Literal and figurative.

13. What does Augustine state an interpreter sometimes looks to to get the right meanings and right number of meanings from a passage?
(a) The history of the period that the Scripture was recorded.
(b) The author's intentions.
(c) The original language.
(d) The original manuscripts.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What form do these grammar types take?

2. 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?

3. What are subjects that Augustine identifies that 'must be learned'?

4. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?

5. What are the two types of signs in Book Two?

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