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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Care of how eschatology is applied.
(c) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.
(d) Diligently apply Scripture properly in every case.

4. According to Augustine, how should misunderstood signs become understood?
(a) By considering how the used thing is accepted by the community.
(b) By examining the context in which things appear as signs.
(c) By examining the use of the word that appears to be a thing.
(d) By committing the misunderstood words or expressions to memory.

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

6. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.
(b) He/she must understand that knowing how to use signs can lead to abusing signs.
(c) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(d) His/her own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.

7. 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.

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

9. According to Augustine in Book Two, in order for the student to become an effective teacher, what two skills must the student master?
(a) Navigation and philosophy.
(b) Arts and sciences.
(c) Logic and rhetoric.
(d) Prophecy and signs.

10. 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) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
(c) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.
(d) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.

11. Since Augustine regards his disciples as "divinely instituted," what responsibility falls on his students?
(a) They have the duty to develop their "inner eye."
(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 apply good social and intellectual practices.

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

13. 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.

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

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

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 does Augustine prove from the demands he expects from his students that he began defending against critics in the Preface?

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

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

5. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?

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