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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 are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?
(a) Scripture and nature.
(b) Priests and Rabbis
(c) Wars and rumors of wars.
(d) Angels and human communities.

2. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?
(a) The pot for cooking a delicious meal.
(b) The gathering of friends who come to share a delicious meal.
(c) A delicious meal.
(d) The special gift that enables one to cook a delicious meal.

3. How does Augustine characterize the argument that his teaching is not needed because it comes from a human source?
(a) It is being heretical.
(b) It is intolerant.
(c) It is responsible for allowing "babes in the Faith being devoured by the wolves of the world."
(d) It is being logically inconsistent.

4. 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 they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(c) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(d) 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"?

5. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?
(a) Such "gifts" were exhausted at Pentecost.
(b) God will appoint them to a position of authority.
(c) They are blessed.
(d) Augustine considers himself as one.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?

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

3. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?

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

5. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What self-knowledge does Augustine write that students need and what steps does Augustine suggest for them to overcome the limits of that self-knowledge to learn to interpret Scripture?

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

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