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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. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) The work will face three kinds of criticism.
(b) God will assure that the Church will become the primary social force in the world.
(c) Christians will gather around a uniform doctrine.
(d) Christians will transform society through piety and rhetorical skill.

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

3. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?
(a) They are the items that God puts before Christians to enjoy.
(b) They are ordinary objects that are not used to signify something.
(c) They are all items that fall under God's authority.
(d) They are the items that God puts before Christians to use.

4. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?
(a) A good meal and a pot.
(b) The fall of Adam in Genesis and the murder of Able by Cain.
(c) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(d) The relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.

5. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It will result in loss of special gifts.
(b) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(c) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.
(d) It leads to destruction.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Augustine, for what reason should one love oneself?

2. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?

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

4. How does Augustine describe humans?

5. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be used?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what subject does Augustine want to answer many questions in Book One and for what two reasons does he want to answer them?

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

3. What does Augustine identify as an important consideration when determining how many ideas words or phrases from Scripture contain?

4. What are the seven rules of interpretation that Augustine used from Tyconius' book of Rules?

5. What is Augustine's view of "special gifts"?

6. 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"?

7. What inference can be made from the extensive training that Augustine recommends to interpret Scripture?

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

9. What are some types of tropes that Augustine discusses?

10. What does Augustine focus on in Book Four?

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