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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 use to illustrate a thing to be used?
(a) A delicious meal used to to bring friends together.
(b) Community that develops among friends during a delicious meal.
(c) A pot for cooking a delicious meal.
(d) A friend who has the special gift to cook a delicious meal.

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 "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(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.

3. How does Augustine describe humans?
(a) Humans are things that can "enjoy," love and "use" things.
(b) Humans are things that use language as a symbol.
(c) Humans are things that are subject to the laws of God.
(d) Humans are above things because they use them.

4. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?
(a) If God only communicates the truth of Scripture through those who have "special gifts", is not God limiting his communication with the pagan who has not received such gifts?
(b) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be achieved through "special gifts", isn't God's power of communicating limited out side of his act to give the gifts?
(c) If these critics believe students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?
(d) If these critics believe that understanding Scripture can only be achieved through the application of "special gifts", doesn't their effort to teach expose their students to personal bias that might interfere with their "special gifts"?

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?

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

4. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Augustine focus on in Book Four?

5. What are three things that Augustine writes that humans can do with one of the items of his focus in Book One?

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

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

8. What are the seven rules of interpretation that Augustine used from Tyconius' book of Rules?

9. Augustine refutes his critics from the Preface with a common example. What was that example and how does Augustine use it to support his position?

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

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