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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 basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?
(a) The fact that they learned important tools, such as the alphabet, from other humans.
(b) The works of writers closer to the time of the authors of Scripture are frequently incomplete, disjointed, and often unverifiable.
(c) Many writers have intensely studied Scriptures and have left their impressions for their use.
(d) Trial and error application often give non-Christians the opportunity to "mock God."

2. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?
(a) If these critics believe that understanding Scripture can only be achieved through the application of "special gifts", doesn't their effort to teach expose their students to personal bias that might interfere with their "special gifts"?
(b) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be achieved through "special gifts", isn't God's power of communicating limited out side of his act to give the gifts?
(c) If God only communicates the truth of Scripture through those who have "special gifts", is not God limiting his communication with the pagan who has not received such gifts?
(d) If these critics believe students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?

3. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.
(b) That one thing that is illuminated truth is loving God and then thy neighbor.
(c) That one should find illuminated truth to love God and thy neighbor.
(d) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.

4. What does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?
(a) The things that we can develop from our special gifts.
(b) The concept of Christian love as practiced in community.
(c) The Trinity of Christianity.
(d) The things that God places in nature for us to use.

5. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?
(a) That Divine gifts work as a validation of human teaching.
(b) That there is no point to human teaching if learning only comes through Divine gifts.
(c) That Divine gifts become the standard against which all teaching is measured.
(d) That human teaching becomes a validation of Divine gifts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?

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

3. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?

4. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?

5. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Augustine, how are words as signs difficult to understand?

2. What does Augustine claim is one of the causes of a sign's ambiguity?

3. What does Augustine identify as a trope and how does it affect interpretation of Scripture?

4. How many types of criticism does Augustine predict he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

5. What does Augustine require that Christian speakers should avoid, but focus on?

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

7. Augustine supports students learning in a certain human gathering. What are these human gatherings called and what can students get from them that they cannot get from "special gifts"?

8. What does Augustine recommend as the best method for acquiring rhetorical skill?

9. What are the criticisms that Augustine predicts he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

10. How does Augustine require that a speaker treat Scriptural interpretation?

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