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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 is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?
(a) That they follow miraculous events.
(b) Dispensing of such gifts is atypical.
(c) That they precede periods of peace and prosperity.
(d) That they follow periods of oppression of those seeking His blessings.

2. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?
(a) That these types of critics will either understand Scripture or believe they do.
(b) That these types of critics are stagnant in their thoughts and threaten to limit the influence of Divine guidance.
(c) That these types of critics, if they gather a following around their criticism, are dangerously close to practicing heresy.
(d) That these types of critics are a threat to the true Church.

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

4. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using humans to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.

5. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?
(a) Augustine is familiar with the classification system of the library at Hippo Regius.
(b) Augustine has great respect for other learned Priests within his sphere.
(c) Augustine believes that God will give to him because God gives to those who "give away," as does Augustine when he teaches.
(d) Augustine believes God guides those who gather in Christian community.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the doctrine that Augustine claims critics of human teaching defend?

2. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?

3. What does Augustine encourage his critics to remember in the Preface?

4. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?

5. According to Augustine, what are competing influences on an individual's thinking?

Short Essay Questions

1. Augustine supports students learning in a certain human gathering. What are these human gatherings called and what can students get from them that they cannot get from "special gifts"?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What inference can be made from the extensive training that Augustine recommends to interpret Scripture?

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

7. What does Augustine identify as an important consideration when determining how many ideas words or phrases from Scripture contain?

8. What question does Augustine raise to those who believe that Scriptural interpretation can only be learned from "special gifts"?

9. What are the two items that Augustine writes that students must differentiate to learn what Scripture teaches?

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

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