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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. Augustine wrote that the critics he mainly focuses on in the Preface base their positions on what belief?
(a) Fear of losing their influence.
(b) A misapplication of Scripture.
(c) Resistance to accept new ideas.
(d) That they already understand Scripture.

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

3. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?
(a) Wars and rumors of wars.
(b) Angels and human communities.
(c) Priests and Rabbis
(d) Scripture and nature.

4. According to Augustine, what are competing influences on an individual's thinking?
(a) Husbands and wives.
(b) Priests and Rabbis.
(c) Laborers and land owners.
(d) The devil and angels.

5. What does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?
(a) That one thing that is illuminated truth is loving God and then thy neighbor.
(b) That one should love God and love thy neighbor.
(c) That one should find illuminated truth to love God and thy neighbor.
(d) That the one illuminated truth is to love thy neighbor who loves God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Augustine consider to be the ultimate thing to be enjoyed?

2. What was the second type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

3. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?

4. Based on Augustine's Preface, what is the perception of critics toward learning?

5. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Augustine focus on in Book Four?

3. What is Augustine's view of "special gifts"?

4. Why does Augustine suggest that Scripture reports the great sins of holy men?

5. What is Augustine's focus in Book One?

6. What term does Augustine apply to the subjects he recommends for study to learn Scriptural interpretation and why does he use this term?

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

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

9. 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"?

10. What is a point that Augustine makes about the love of God that confronts his critics that claim "special gifts" needed to interpret scripture?

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