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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 the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between learning and teaching.
(b) The distinction between discovering what Scripture teaches and communicating it.
(c) The distinction between "enjoy" and "use."
(d) The distinction between the Christian conception of love and the pagan conception of love.

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

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

4. What comes of loving oneself for reasons other than that which Augustine specified?
(a) It leads to destruction.
(b) It will prevent one from enjoying things of God.
(c) It will inhibit the ability to hear God's guiding.
(d) It will result in loss of special gifts.

5. With what prediction does Augustine start "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) The work will face three kinds of criticism.
(b) God will assure that the Church will become the primary social force in the world.
(c) Christians will transform society through piety and rhetorical skill.
(d) Christians will gather around a uniform doctrine.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?

5. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a technique that Augustine uses to determine the meaning of a passage that cannot be discovered by simply reading the passage?

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

5. What tool does Augustine write that a pastor can use to help make Scripture understandable?

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

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

8. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?

9. What topic does Augustine address in Book Three?

10. What doctrine do Augustine's critics apply to interpreting Scripture?

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