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

2. How does Augustine characterize things in Book One?
(a) They are the items that God puts before Christians to enjoy.
(b) They are the items that God puts before Christians to use.
(c) They are ordinary objects that are not used to signify something.
(d) They are all items that fall under God's authority.

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

4. Of these influences on personal thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches can lead a Christian to positive patterns?
(a) That God always calls His chosen people to work productively.
(b) That "leaving and cleaving" that forms marriage is a reflection of God's character.
(c) That Priests are a model of what St. Paul inferred in Hebrews was the "Priesthood of Believers," and are therefore a legitimate source of guidance.
(d) That God uses angels to direct men to human communities to learn.

5. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?
(a) A Rabbi can distract a Christian from the "Final Propitiation."
(b) The devil can mislead someone to think that a Christian knows more than they do.
(c) A spouse can distract a Christian with the "needs of this world."
(d) Land owners can convince Christians that the blessings of God are demonstrated through material riches.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?

2. What other subject does Augustine addresses in Book Three and Book Four?

3. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What Christian virtue does Augustine claim that can keep negative traits in check?

2. What does Augustine claim is one of the causes of a sign's ambiguity?

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

4. What are the first two points that Augustine uses to begin his refutation of the critics he focuses upon in the Preface?

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

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

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

8. Augustine refutes his critics from the Preface with a common example. What was that example and how does Augustine use it to support his position?

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

10. What are the criticisms that Augustine predicts he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

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