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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 is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(b) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be learned through "special gifts," and God wants everyone to know scriptures, then why doesn't everyone have "special gifts"?
(c) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(d) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?

2. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(b) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.
(c) 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.
(d) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.

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

4. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?
(a) God should be enjoyed by humans.
(b) Humans should become like God.
(c) Humans should fear the authority of God over judgment.
(d) Humans should submit to God's authority.

5. What are the three things that Augustine claims that interpretations of Scripture should build up?
(a) Special gifts, community, and signs.
(b) Hope, signs, and the inner eye.
(c) The inner eye, love, and illuminated truth.
(d) Faith, hope and love.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does Augustine relate Truth and God?

4. What is the subject that Augustine addresses in Book One and Book Two?

5. What does Augustine identify as the relationship between all other things and the object of ultimate worship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What term does Augustine apply to the subjects he recommends for study to learn Scriptural interpretation and why does he use this term?

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

5. 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?

6. What tool does Augustine write that a pastor can use to help make Scripture understandable?

7. What Christian virtue does Augustine claim that can keep negative traits in check?

8. What relationship does Augustine write humans should have with God? What does Augustine write must humans do before they can enter this relationship?

9. Why does Augustine suggest that Scripture reports the great sins of holy men?

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

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