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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Augustine say a student should treat any evil actions or speech from characters Scriptures praise as holy?
(a) As an announcement from God of impending judgment.
(b) As a blasphemy against God and the character's holiness must be considered as revoked by God.
(c) They must be treated as a poor interpretation and a study of the language and history of the passage must be examined.
(d) As figurative language.

4. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?
(a) That learning as much as possible is the best way to separate the individual from the common population.
(b) 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.
(c) That personal discipline and focusing on things outside of the body helps build chastity and humility.
(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.

5. What is the difference between the time that God might deliver what seems to be an evil command in the Old Testament and the current time, according to Augustine?
(a) They were taken by people to whom God gave his orders directly.
(b) They could not be done without sinful intent at the time of Augustine's writing.
(c) They were taken by those who clearly understood God's signs.
(d) They were taken by those who recorded God's law directly from the source.

6. What are the mix of subjects that Augustine emphasizes in his education?
(a) Rhetoric, philosophy, logic, botany, astronomy, languages and history.
(b) Mosaic Law, dietary law, Biblical civil law, sacrificial law, and order of the Tabernacle and Temple.
(c) The history of the Pentateuch, the laws of prophets, and the writings of the Minor Prophets.
(d) Dietary law, moral law, laws of separation and laws of exclusion.

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

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

9. 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 catachresis because of its "misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect."
(b) The sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.
(c) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(d) The riddle because it often requires an answer that was even hidden in the day it was given.

10. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?
(a) Because God wants students to understand the context of words.
(b) Because humans find grasping the nature of things by analogy more satisfying.
(c) Because God wants his community to work through things and signs.
(d) Because God wants students to examine Scripture so they can discover His illuminated truth.

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

12. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?
(a) As being good for the individual or group at the time.
(b) That God is becoming intolerant of defiance against his laws.
(c) That God requires that his will be followed.
(d) As a sign that God will exercise an act of judgment.

13. What does Augustine call the types of grammar used through Scripture?
(a) Dialects.
(b) Syntax.
(c) Rudiments.
(d) Tropes.

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

15. 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) Care of how eschatology is applied.
(d) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the most important step Augustine's students must take to avoid the trap he sees in interpretation?

2. What is the significance of Augustine recommending mastery of so many fields in Book Two?

3. What does Augustine state an interpreter sometimes looks to to get the right meanings and right number of meanings from a passage?

4. What was the topic of Book Three?

5. What does Augustine identify as a necessary subject that a student must learn to understand Scripture?

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