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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?
(a) Only eternal and unchangeable things can be enjoyed.
(b) Only things that are used with special gifts to prove Truth can be enjoyed.
(c) Only wisdom and Truth can be enjoyed.
(d) Only things that reveal Truth can be enjoyed.

2. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.
(b) Regular participation in church activities.
(c) Isolating from temptations.
(d) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.

3. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of "special gifts of seeing" that God grants when individuals seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(b) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(c) The doctrine of the "inner eye" that can see eternal truths even when tainted by sin because it is illuminated by God.
(d) The doctrine of "things and signs" helps an individual know which things and signs illuminate eternal truths.

4. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?
(a) An individual must repent of their sins and be baptized.
(b) An individual must sell all possessions and give the money to the Priest.
(c) An individual must leave their mother and father and cleave to the Church.
(d) An individual's eyes must be purged and God's plan and healing must be followed.

5. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
(a) Illuminated minds.
(b) All minds.
(c) All minds joined in community.
(d) Minds God endowed with special gifts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?

2. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

3. Based on Augustine's Preface, what is the perception of critics toward learning?

4. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?

5. What Scriptural defense does Augustine use for encouraging critics to consider the validity of "On Christian Doctrine"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are three things that Augustine writes that humans can do with one of the items of his focus in Book One?

2. According to Augustine, for whom are written commands in Scripture intended?

3. What does Augustine recommend to orators who use speech writers?

4. How does Augustine suggest interpretations of Scripture should affect the subject about which he wants to answer many questions and how should that affect the student seeking to interpret Scripture?

5. What are the first two points that Augustine uses to begin his refutation of the critics he focuses upon in the Preface?

6. What tool does Augustine write that a pastor can use to help make Scripture understandable?

7. What does Augustine recommend to the pastor who cannot acquire the skill of rhetoric?

8. Why does Augustine suggest that Scripture reports the great sins of holy men?

9. What must a student keep in check while learning the subjects that Augustine recommends?

10. What does Augustine write that God uses to teach men and how does that source achieve God's purpose?

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