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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 love.
(c) The principle of the omnipotence of God.
(d) The principle of original sin.

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

4. 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 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.
(d) 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.

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

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

7. 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) The purging of unclean spiritual occupations that are too common in the pagan cultures.
(c) Rigorous physical and mental challenges to prove to God the seriousness of the desire to learn.
(d) A 40-day period of seclusion and fasting so they can better know the mind of Christ.

8. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?
(a) Understanding the grammar of languages will help interpret the prose and poetry of Scripture.
(b) Understanding the regional accents of the time will help interpret phrases and word variations.
(c) Understanding the metaphors of the time will help bring deeper meaning to signs and parables.
(d) Understanding the dialects of the time will help to interpret discussions and analogies of Scripture.

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

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

11. 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) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.
(d) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.

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

13. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?
(a) Because God wants his community to work through things and signs.
(b) Because God wants students to examine Scripture so they can discover His illuminated truth.
(c) Because God wants students to understand the context of words.
(d) Because humans find grasping the nature of things by analogy more satisfying.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?

4. What does Augustine state an interpreter sometimes looks to to get the right meanings and right number of meanings from a passage?

5. What does Augustine state signs are regardless of whether they want to be?

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