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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?
(a) To identify signs and their role in Scriptural learning.
(b) To use their "inner eye."
(c) To understand God's revelation.
(d) To use their "special gift."

3. 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.

4. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?
(a) Stages of spiritual purification and understand the need for God and Christian virtues.
(b) Rigorous physical and mental challenges to prove to God the seriousness of the desire to learn.
(c) The purging of unclean spiritual occupations that are too common in the pagan cultures.
(d) A 40-day period of seclusion and fasting so they can better know the mind of Christ.

5. What are the two types of signs in Book Two?
(a) Illuminated or hidden.
(b) Angelic or demonic.
(c) Literal or metaphorical.
(d) Things or words.

6. What does Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?
(a) The meanings must be harmonized.
(b) The language and grammar must be checked for accuracy and similarities.
(c) A second division needs to be made separating Old Testament from New Testament.
(d) The background of the passages needs to be compared.

7. What is the topic of Book Three?
(a) Augustine addresses the controversy of the human filter inhibiting the interpretation of Scripture.
(b) Augustine tackles the problem of understanding signs that are ambiguous.
(c) Augustine differentiates between signs given by God and signs give by angels.
(d) Augustine details the difference of signs given to groups and signs given to individuals.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. What does Augustine prove from the demands he expects from his students that he began defending against critics in the Preface?
(a) That understanding Scripture requires intense and focused study so proper interpretation can be applied and demonic misleading can be avoided.
(b) That Augustine does not trust his students, therefore he plans to keep them occupied.
(c) That Augustine does not respect people who believe they do not need to study.
(d) That Augustine intends to protect the integrity of his students by dominating their time.

11. According to Book Three, what is the cause of Christians who are not diligent in separating themselves from pagans?
(a) A Christian will confuse things as signs to be symbols of God.
(b) Students will take their time in seclusion to focus on themselves rather than enjoying the presence of God.
(c) A Christian will attach a figurative meaning to a passage intended to be read literally.
(d) Students will not be diligent in checking their pride as their learning increases.

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

13. What are the mix of subjects that Augustine emphasizes in his education?
(a) Mosaic Law, dietary law, Biblical civil law, sacrificial law, and order of the Tabernacle and Temple.
(b) Rhetoric, philosophy, logic, botany, astronomy, languages and history.
(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.

14. According to Book Two, what is the most important knowledge a student of scripture can have?
(a) He must know how to use the inner eye.
(b) He must know the difference between things and signs.
(c) He must the difference between things that are used and things that are enjoyed.
(d) He must know the canon of Scripture well.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Augustine in Book Two, in order for the student to become an effective teacher, what two skills must the student master?

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

3. What ethical principle of the Bible does Augustine require for students to use as a guide for interpretation of Scripture?

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

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?

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