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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In taking the challenge that Augustine presents in Book Three, how should the Christian student differentiate himself from the pagan?
(a) Christians must be careful not to worship things as signs as pagans do.
(b) Christians must be careful not to convert personal motivations into causes of worship as pagans do.
(c) Christians must be careful not to use signs to elevate oneself as pagans do.
(d) Christians must be careful not to confuse signs and things as many pagans do.

2. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(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) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.

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

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

5. 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 committing the misunderstood words or expressions to memory.
(d) By examining the use of the word that appears to be a thing.

6. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?
(a) Seclusion from secular temptations to allow for the maturation of the "inner eye" as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(b) Theological virtue and great learning as methods of handling the problem of Book Two.
(c) Exclusive study of Scripture and submission to the proper guidance from church officials as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(d) Strict adherence to the dietary laws of Israel and understanding of prophecy as methods of handling the problem of book two.

7. 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 the history of the event for which God is giving the command.
(b) Of how God makes his will manifest.
(c) Of how God used a sign to foretell his command.
(d) Of how God expects his laws to be applied.

8. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?
(a) They do not have the discipline to understand that seclusion is intended for purging human weakness and not for self-absorption.
(b) They read Scriptural passages according to their own cultural and historical biases.
(c) They consider their ability to absorb knowledge as a special gift that makes them closer to God.
(d) They are too eager to misapply signs to inappropriate events and situations.

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

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

11. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?
(a) Students will attempt to win supporters to their views and Christian community will be broken.
(b) Individuals will be led to worship the creation rather than the Creator.
(c) Signs are treated as things and things are treated as signs.
(d) Emotions will become the focus of worship and Christian community will crumble.

12. What does Augustine state signs are regardless of whether they want to be?
(a) Natural signs.
(b) Given signs.
(c) Signs that are words.
(d) Signs that are things.

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

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

15. Even though Augustine does not mention this subject directly, what will his students need to master to understand languages?
(a) Metaphors.
(b) Regional accents.
(c) Dialects.
(d) Grammar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine call signs that are only used to express and transmit thoughts?

2. What does Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?

3. What are the two categories of signs Augustine identifies in Book Two?

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

5. What was the topic of Book Three?

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