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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 nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?
(a) Encouragement is an exhortation, but not every exhortation is an encouragement.
(b) Christian love can be found within pagans, but pagan love is antithetical to Christian love.
(c) Everything that is enjoyed is used, but not everything that is used is enjoyed.
(d) A sign is always a thing, but not all things are signs.

2. What is the second important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?
(a) The distinction between enjoy and use.
(b) The distinction between things and signs.
(c) The distinction between encouraging and exhortation.
(d) The distinction between Christian love and pagan love.

3. What items or situations does Augustine use to illustrate his distinction of things?
(a) The fall of Adam in Genesis and the murder of Able by Cain.
(b) A good meal and a pot.
(c) The questions from critics who do not understand and the examples of what is perceived to be special gifts.
(d) The relationship between God and Lucifer from the story of Job.

4. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?
(a) If these critics believe that Scripture can only be achieved through "special gifts", isn't God's power of communicating limited out side of his act to give the gifts?
(b) If God only communicates the truth of Scripture through those who have "special gifts", is not God limiting his communication with the pagan who has not received such gifts?
(c) If these critics believe students of Scripture can only receive understanding through "special gifts", why do they attempt to teach about "special gifts"?
(d) If these critics believe that understanding Scripture can only be achieved through the application of "special gifts", doesn't their effort to teach expose their students to personal bias that might interfere with their "special gifts"?

5. What does Augustine consider as God's typical means of delivering His illumination?
(a) Using humans to deliver His illumination.
(b) Using the"still quiet moments" to deliver His illumination.
(c) Using nature to deliver His illumination.
(d) Using adversity to deliver His illumination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What setting does Augustine recommend for sound Scriptural learning?

2. How does Augustine describe humans?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What topic does Augustine address in Book Three?

2. How many types of criticism does Augustine predict he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

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

4. According to Augustine, how are words as signs difficult to understand?

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

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

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

8. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?

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

10. What are the tasks of the orator according to Cicero?

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