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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. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Criticism from those who refuse or are unable to apply it.
(b) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.

2. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?
(a) A "special gift" from God.
(b) Intense study of Scripture.
(c) Investigating commentaries produced closer to the time of the authors of Scriptures.
(d) Trial and error application to the situations for which they need Scriptural guidance.

3. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
(a) If learning only comes through community, why does Scripture encourage separation for prayer?
(b) If these critics believe learning only comes through the possession of "special gifts," why do they teach?
(c) If these critics believe they need no training, why are they reviewing Augustine's works?
(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"?

4. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
(a) Minds God endowed with special gifts.
(b) All minds.
(c) All minds joined in community.
(d) Illuminated minds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?

2. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

3. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?

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

5. What was the first type of criticism Augustine suggests his work "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

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. What does Augustine claim are the two types of signs and how are they defined?

3. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?

4. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?

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

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

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

8. Why does Augustine believe that God will aid him in his teaching about learning and communicating Scripture?

9. What is a point that Augustine makes about the love of God that confronts his critics that claim "special gifts" needed to interpret scripture?

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

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