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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Upon what does Augustine say the student of Scripture must rely during his studies?
(a) The student must rely on translations of manuscripts of Scripture.
(b) The student must rely on experience.
(c) The student must rely heavily on experts.
(d) The student must rely heavily on manuscripts of Scripture.

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

3. 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.

4. 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 confuse signs and things as many pagans do.
(c) Christians must be careful not to use signs to elevate oneself as pagans do.
(d) Christians must be careful not to convert personal motivations into causes of worship as pagans do.

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

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 criticizes the Donatists yet he uses their theology on which to base "On Christian Doctrine."
(b) 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.
(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 demands his students to spend time in seclusion and study, but does not call for the same from teachers.

7. 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) Arts and sciences.
(d) Prophecy and signs.

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

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

10. What Scriptural reference does Augustine make to prove his point regarding checking this hazard to learning the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book."
(b) "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up."
(c) "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."
(d) "Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God."

11. What are the mix of subjects that Augustine emphasizes in his education?
(a) The history of the Pentateuch, the laws of prophets, and the writings of the Minor Prophets.
(b) Mosaic Law, dietary law, Biblical civil law, sacrificial law, and order of the Tabernacle and Temple.
(c) Rhetoric, philosophy, logic, botany, astronomy, languages and history.
(d) Dietary law, moral law, laws of separation and laws of exclusion.

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

13. 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) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.
(c) To grow love in one's heart first and foremost.
(d) Diligently apply Scripture properly in every case.

14. What Scriptural passage does Augustine use to remind the reader of "On Christian Doctrine" of the condition that affects holy men?
(a) "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."
(b) "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'"
(c) "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.'"
(d) "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?

2. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?

3. 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?

4. What does Augustine call the types of grammar used through Scripture?

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

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