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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What does Augustine state an interpreter sometimes looks to to get the right meanings and right number of meanings from a passage?
(a) The history of the period that the Scripture was recorded.
(b) The original language.
(c) The original manuscripts.
(d) The author's intentions.

3. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?
(a) In spiritual terms and human terms.
(b) Figuratively and literally.
(c) With cruelty and kindness.
(d) Of signs and things.

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

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

6. 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 merely illustrates Tyconius' rules as one of several approaches for interpreting Scripture of the day.
(c) Augustine compares them to his own set of principles to point out differences and similarities.
(d) Augustine uses them to prove what he considers misguided thinking of Donatists.

7. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is a condition that affects holy men and God's commands of them?
(a) They can commit great sins.
(b) They have spent time studying God's law and know how to apply his harsh language within the context of His judgment.
(c) They from Scripture became so because God had more direct communication with them.
(d) They discern the signs given by God that appear evil.

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

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

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

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

12. 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."

13. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) He/she must understand that knowing how to use signs can lead to abusing signs.
(b) His/her own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.
(c) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(d) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.

14. What does Augustine identify as a necessary subject that a student must learn to understand Scripture?
(a) Records of the Council of Trent to know the points of sound doctrine.
(b) The working order of the Catholic Church to understand where to go for sound reference and guidance.
(c) The relevant languages and make all the translations he can find.
(d) The Apocrypha so the hidden meaning of Scriptural signs can be illuminated.

15. What hazard does Augustine state must one keep in check as they learn of the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) The pride develops with great learning.
(b) Eschatology against Scriptural language to prevent heresy.
(c) The accuracy of translations against original manuscripts.
(d) The consistency of what are considered to be signs against traditional interpretations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the topic of Book Three?

2. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?

3. 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?

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

5. What form do these grammar types take?

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