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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 does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?
(a) The concept of Christian love as practiced in community.
(b) The things that God places in nature for us to use.
(c) The Trinity of Christianity.
(d) The things that we can develop from our special gifts.

2. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?
(a) The two commandments of Christianity to love God and to love one's neighbor.
(b) Because Scriptural infallibility affirms God's role in miracles and prophesy.
(c) God's omnipotence establishes His authority over creation and judgment.
(d) The Christian conception of Christ's deity explains His resurrection and authority over forgiveness.

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

4. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?
(a) On sins of omission.
(b) On things as things.
(c) On "special gifts."
(d) On original sin.

5. What does Augustine recommend to avoid the negative influences on individual thought?
(a) Devoting regular time in prayer to become sensitive to Divine guidance.
(b) Regular participation in church activities.
(c) Isolating from temptations.
(d) Paying careful attention to rules for Scriptural learning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?

2. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

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

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

5. What are the three things Augustine identifies as how God inspires His children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine identify as the two types of passages interpreted from Scripture?

2. How does Augustine require that a speaker treat Scriptural interpretation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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