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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. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?
(a) He will extensively study in the library at Hippo Regius.
(b) He will collaborate with members of his church community.
(c) God will give him the knowledge that he lacks.
(d) He will confer closely with other learned Priests.

2. How are things separated by Augustine?
(a) Categories of things that are things and things that are signs.
(b) Categories of things that are enjoyed and things that are used.
(c) Categories of things that are Biblical and things that are non-Biblical.
(d) Categories of things under God's authority and things that are sinful.

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

4. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(b) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(c) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.
(d) That Priests are a model of what St. Paul inferred in Hebrews was the "Priesthood of Believers," and are therefore a legitimate source of guidance.

5. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(b) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(c) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(d) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?

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

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

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

5. According to Augustine, what are competing influences on an individual's thinking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What categories does Augustine use to define spheres of natural knowledge?

3. 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?

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

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

7. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?

8. Upon which type of critics does Augustine focus his attention in the preface?

9. Why does Augustine suggest that the critics he focuses on in the Preface do not believe his teaching is necessary?

10. What does Augustine identifies as three things that students need to use to develop responsible interpretations of Scripture?

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