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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 can commit great sins.
(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 discern the signs given by God that appear evil.

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

4. 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?
(a) Augustine confronts his critics with thorough investigation and lets his text prove his integrity.
(b) Augustine chooses to overwhelm his critics with so much information that they lose track of their arguments.
(c) Augustine is personally offended with critics and chooses to punish those who most support him.
(d) Augustine is obsessive and relentlessly badgers his critics into submission.

5. What Augustine accomplished with his first three books from "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) He established a beginning set of exegetical principles.
(b) He left out important details that could be useful in the interpretation of Scripture.
(c) He identified the difference between his line of reasoning and those who criticize his views.
(d) He set out an intimidating course of study that only the serious student of Scripture will be willing to consider.

6. What Scriptural reference does Augustine make to prove his point regarding checking this hazard to learning the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) "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."
(b) "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."
(c) "Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God."
(d) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."

7. What are some of the practices of these categories in which humans must not participate?
(a) Teaching literal spheres as figurative spheres.
(b) Attempting to reconcile truth with heresy.
(c) Superstition and astrology.
(d) Using special gifts to attempt to convert things to signs.

8. How does Augustine treat Tyconius' rules that he cites in his book?
(a) Augustine applies them to particular cases to the end of Book Three.
(b) Augustine compares them to his own set of principles to point out differences and similarities.
(c) Augustine uses them to prove what he considers misguided thinking of Donatists.
(d) Augustine merely illustrates Tyconius' rules as one of several approaches for interpreting Scripture of the day.

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

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

11. 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 used a sign to foretell his command.
(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 expects his laws to be applied.

12. What are subjects that Augustine identifies that 'must be learned'?
(a) The miracles of the Church immediately after the ascension of Christ, the languages of the Roman Empire, and the laws of Israel.
(b) Measurements of all kinds, alphabets, history, medicine and astronomy.
(c) Dietary laws of Israel, miracles of the Pentateuch, and the sermons of Christ.
(d) The manifestations of creation throughout Scripture, every perspective of eschatology, the application of minor prophets to community.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Augustine claim this knowledge is required to understand what Scripture teaches?

2. Upon what does Augustine say the student of Scripture must rely during his studies?

3. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?

4. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?

5. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?

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