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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What Scriptural passage does Augustine use to remind the reader of "On Christian Doctrine" of the condition that affects holy men?
(a) "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.'"
(b) "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."
(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) "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

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

5. 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 species and genus and On measurements of time.
(b) On the promises and the law and On the devil and his body.
(c) On the Lord and his body and On the promises and the law.
(d) On the Lord's twofold body and On genus and species.

6. What Scriptural reference does Augustine make to prove his point regarding checking this hazard to learning the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."
(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) "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."

7. By making the demands of understanding Scripture difficult, who was Augustine criticizing?
(a) His detractors believed Scripture could be interpreted easily through special gifts.
(b) Those who felt that Scripture could be interpreted through current events.
(c) Those who believe that learning information outside of the Bible leads to heresy.
(d) Those who believe that only studying the life of Christ was sufficient to understand Scripture.

8. 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.

9. What facts of Scripture does Augustine set as the foundation for understanding it?
(a) Objects, times, places and people referred to in Scripture and the spiritual realm of the people in Scripture.
(b) All the teachings of Christ.
(c) All Scriptural history starting from creation.
(d) The context of the miracles so they can understand the purpose of God in delivering them.

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

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

12. 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 own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.
(d) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.

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

14. 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 sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.
(b) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(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."

15. What is the significance of Augustine recommending mastery of so many fields in Book Two?
(a) Broad knowledge is needed to properly interpret Scripture.
(b) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.
(c) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.
(d) Attempting to absorb so much information exercises the mind and helps the student find their special gift.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?

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

3. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?

4. Why does Augustine claim that words as signs are difficult to understand?

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

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