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

2. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?
(a) To practice the rhetorical skills he embraces to make criticism more effective.
(b) To remember experiencing learning for themselves.
(c) To be wary of falling into the trap of heresy.
(d) To patiently contemplate his points before they make a judgment.

3. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?
(a) Only wisdom and Truth can be enjoyed.
(b) Only things that reveal Truth can be enjoyed.
(c) Only eternal and unchangeable things can be enjoyed.
(d) Only things that are used with special gifts to prove Truth can be enjoyed.

4. What doctrine does Augustine introduce to explain how Truth can be seen?
(a) The doctrine of the "inner eye" that can see eternal truths even when tainted by sin because it is illuminated by God.
(b) The doctrine of "community vision" is achieved when individuals join their desires to seek eternal truths illuminated by God.
(c) The doctrine of "things and signs" helps an individual know which things and signs illuminate eternal truths.
(d) The doctrine of "special gifts of seeing" that God grants when individuals seek eternal truths illuminated by God.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

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

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

4. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?

5. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Augustine focus on in Book Four?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Augustine require that Christian speakers should avoid, but focus on?

8. What is the source if an individual knows more than they actually know and how does that impact Augustine's effort?

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

10. What does Augustine recommend to orators who use speech writers?

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