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

2. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?
(a) Teaching the doctrines of Scripture.
(b) Understanding how to learn from Scripture.
(c) Understanding how to convey what one learned from Scripture.
(d) Understanding how scripture develops community.

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

4. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?
(a) Dispensing of such gifts is atypical.
(b) That they follow miraculous events.
(c) That they follow periods of oppression of those seeking His blessings.
(d) That they precede periods of peace and prosperity.

5. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using humans to deliver His illumination.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

3. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?

4. What is an important distinction that Augustine teaches students to understand through three Books of "On Christian Doctrine?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What question does Augustine raise to those who believe that Scriptural interpretation can only be learned from "special gifts"?

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

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

4. What are the two subject matters into which Augustine divides the four books in "Of Christian Doctrine"?

5. What subjects does Augustine recommend that students lea to interpret scripture?

6. What are the tasks of the orator according to Cicero?

7. What does Augustine identify as the purpose of giving a sermon?

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

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

10. What is Augustine's focus in Book Two?

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