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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?
(a) By containing misunderstood words or expressions.
(b) By being words that appear as things.
(c) By being used things that are also enjoyed.
(d) By being things that don't appear as signs.

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

3. 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) Attempting to absorb so much information exercises the mind and helps the student find their special gift.
(c) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.
(d) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.

4. What form do these grammar types take?
(a) Poem, metaphor, sarcasm, and hyperbole.
(b) Prose, poem, dissertation, and story.
(c) Hyperbole, riddle, song, and parable.
(d) Allegory, enigma, parable, and catachresis.

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

6. What is an apparent contradiction regarding Augustine's expectation of students to interpretation and an omission from his commentaries in "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine demands his students to spend time in seclusion and study, but does not call for the same from teachers.
(b) Augustine criticizes the Donatists yet he uses their theology on which to base "On Christian Doctrine."
(c) Augustine expects his students to investigate the intentions of the authors of Scripture, but he does not detail his intentions in choosing the issues on which he focuses.
(d) Augustine writes that the understanding of the principles of Christian love are sufficient to begin the interpretation of Scripture, but he spends more time examining Old Testament law.

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

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

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

10. Why does Augustine claim that words as signs are difficult to understand?
(a) Because God provides Scriptural complexity to satisfy a hard-working mind.
(b) Because God created with words and wants believers to know their impact.
(c) Because words as signs are only understood within a scriptural context.
(d) Because God inspires believers to master tongues and interpret signs.

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

12. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?
(a) Understanding the difference between signs given to groups and signs given to individuals can only be achieved after study of the languages in which languages were written.
(b) The meanings of Scriptural phrases that contain ambiguous signs can often be changed with misplaced punctuation.
(c) The sinful nature of the human filter can interfere with the interpretation of Scripture at any stage of investigation.
(d) Often figurative language is used to represent both God and angels and this language must be investigated in its original form, not translations.

13. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?
(a) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.
(b) Tyconius was a Donatist and much of "On Christian Doctrine" is written to address points of disagreement between Augustine and Donatists.
(c) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
(d) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What hazard does Augustine state must one keep in check as they learn of the fields pertaining to Scripture?

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

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. What does Augustine identify as a necessary subject that a student must learn to understand Scripture?

5. How can recommendations Augustine makes from Book Three prevent students from falling into the trap that misleads them?

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