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

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

3. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?
(a) On original sin.
(b) On things as things.
(c) On sins of omission.
(d) On "special gifts."

4. What does Augustine write is incompatible with love?
(a) Using things without seeking wisdom is incompatible with love.
(b) Using things without the goal of enjoying them is incompatible with love.
(c) Coveting things for one's self is incompatible with love.
(d) Using things for non-Scriptural purposes is incompatible with love.

5. What is the source of teaching Augustine most advocates?
(a) God directing the student to understand His role in Scripture.
(b) Human teachers in human communities.
(c) Christ dispensing special gifts without communities.
(d) Angels guiding human teachers in spiritual communities.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the step that Augustine identifies an individual should take before entering into a proper relationship with God?

2. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?

3. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?

4. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?

5. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a technique that Augustine uses to determine the meaning of a passage that cannot be discovered by simply reading the passage?

2. Why does Augustine begin his differentiation of the items that students must learn in the fashion which he does?

3. What doctrine do Augustine's critics apply to interpreting Scripture?

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

5. How does Cicero detail an orator speaking in proportion with the gravity of the subject matter?

6. What is Augustine's focus in Book One?

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

8. What is the illustration Augustine uses to show the difference between things "enjoyed" and things "used"?

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

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

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