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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.
(a) To grow love in one's heart first and foremost.
(b) Diligently apply Scripture properly in every case.
(c) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.
(d) Care of how eschatology is applied.

2. According to Augustine, of the different forms through which the grammar types show themselves, which is, by definition, the most difficult to interpret?
(a) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(b) The sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.
(c) The riddle because it often requires an answer that was even hidden in the day it was given.
(d) The catachresis because of its "misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect."

3. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?
(a) Any speech or language that details the authority of God.
(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 defines how a thing is a sign.

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

5. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?
(a) That he was a hard taskmaster with high expectations of his students.
(b) That he was preparing them for other professions should they not prove adept at teaching.
(c) That he believes that finding the meaning of scripture can only be done through intense and careful study.
(d) That learning from Augustine was all absorbing and time consuming.

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

7. 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 language and grammar must be checked for accuracy and similarities.
(c) The meanings must be harmonized.
(d) The background of the passages needs to be compared.

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

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

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

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

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

13. What ethical principle of the Bible does Augustine require for students to use as a guide for interpretation of Scripture?
(a) The principle of the omnipotence of God.
(b) The principle of original sin.
(c) The principle of God's authority over judgment.
(d) The principle of love.

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

15. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?
(a) Understanding the metaphors of the time will help bring deeper meaning to signs and parables.
(b) Understanding the regional accents of the time will help interpret phrases and word variations.
(c) Understanding the dialects of the time will help to interpret discussions and analogies of Scripture.
(d) Understanding the grammar of languages will help interpret the prose and poetry of Scripture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Book Three state is the purpose of God or angels using condemning terms?

2. What is the topic of Book Three?

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

4. What is an important omission that Augustine commits as it applies to moral rules in Scripture?

5. Even though Augustine does not mention this subject directly, what will his students need to master to understand languages?

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