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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?
(a) The direct communication that holy men had with God is reported so current students will approach Scripture with the reverence it deserves.
(b) The sins of holy men are reported in Scripture so individuals never think they are too great to sin.
(c) The knowledge of law possessed by holy men is reported in Scripture to guide students to approach God's communication with the same zeal.
(d) 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.

3. What Scriptural passage does Augustine use to remind the reader of "On Christian Doctrine" of the condition that affects holy men?
(a) "And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise to our children that He raised up Jesus."
(b) "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
(c) "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'"
(d) "Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah, through all his prophets and every seer, saying, 'Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments, My statutes according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you through my servants the prophets.'"

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

5. 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?
(a) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that embraces evil and condemns love or kindness.
(b) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that defines how a sign is a thing.
(c) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that embraces evil and condemns love or kindness.
(d) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that describes condemnations on the chosen of God.

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

7. 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 a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
(d) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.

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 dietary and moral laws of the Nazarites aids in understanding the life and miracles of Christ.
(c) Because knowing the language, culture, and settings of the Scriptural record guides in making correct interpretations of Scripture.
(d) Because knowing the history of Israel and the prophecies concerning Christ makes a full connection between Israelite and Christian Scriptures.

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

10. How does Augustine say a student should treat any evil actions or speech from characters Scriptures praise as holy?
(a) They must be treated as a poor interpretation and a study of the language and history of the passage must be examined.
(b) As figurative language.
(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.

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

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

13. Of Tyconius' rules for interpreting Scripture that Augustine examined, which two relate to the subjects that Augustine recommended for study in Book Two?
(a) On the Lord's twofold body and On genus and species.
(b) On the promises and the law and On the devil and his body.
(c) On species and genus and On measurements of time.
(d) On the Lord and his body and On the promises and the law.

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

15. What is an important omission that Augustine commits as it applies to moral rules in Scripture?
(a) Augustine omits standards for interpreting Scripture.
(b) Augustine omits examples of grammatical forms from Scripture.
(c) Augustine omits grammatical techniques for interpreting Scripture.
(d) Augustine does not guide students to understand whether the moral rules of Scripture are universal or particular.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?

2. What are some of the practices of these categories in which humans must not participate?

3. Since Augustine regards his disciples as "divinely instituted," what responsibility falls on his students?

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

5. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?

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