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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. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?
(a) The Christian conception of Christ's deity.
(b) The doctrine of God's omnipotence.
(c) The Christian conception of love.
(d) The doctrine of Scriptural infallibility.

2. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?
(a) A friend with the special gift to cook a delicious meal can be enjoyed for their company.
(b) Friends who gather for community can enjoy the delicious meal.
(c) The shine and sturdiness of a pot or pan can be enjoyed.
(d) The community that develops for a delicious meal can be enjoyed.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Augustine wrote that the critics he mainly focuses on in the Preface base their positions on what belief?

2. What does Augustine claim is the consequence of refusing to learn in a proper setting for Scriptural learning?

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

4. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What three virtues do students need to teach Scripture?

2. 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?

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

4. What does Augustine write that God uses to teach men and how does that source achieve God's purpose?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What does Augustine identify as a trope and how does it affect interpretation of Scripture?

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

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