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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 setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?
(a) A private audience with a well-trained Priest.
(b) A properly sanctioned site of Scriptural education.
(c) An ecclesiastical structure.
(d) Human communities.

2. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?
(a) It is integral to proper Scriptural interpretation.
(b) It will guide the student to become a teacher.
(c) It is integral to applying the principles of community.
(d) It will help the student understand God's motivation for interacting with creation.

3. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?
(a) His illuminated truths, special gifts, and signs.
(b) His death, resurrection, and promise of return.
(c) The promise of His return, His illuminated truths, and signs.
(d) Signs, things, and enjoyment.

4. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.
(b) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(c) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(d) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.

5. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?
(a) God will give him the knowledge that he lacks.
(b) He will extensively study in the library at Hippo Regius.
(c) He will confer closely with other learned Priests.
(d) He will collaborate with members of his church community.

Short Answer Questions

1. What basic fact do the critics discussed in the Preface ignore by discounting teaching from Augustine and others?

2. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?

3. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

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

5. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some types of tropes that Augustine discusses?

3. What is the source if an individual knows more than they actually know and how does that impact Augustine's effort?

4. 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"?

5. To what sect of Christianity did Tyconius belong and and why is it ironic that Augustine references his rules of interpretation?

6. 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?

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

8. About what subject does Augustine want to answer many questions in Book One and for what two reasons does he want to answer them?

9. Why does Augustine claim the topic of Book Three is so difficult?

10. What does Augustine recommend as the best method for acquiring rhetorical skill?

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