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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 identify as the relationship between all other things and the object of ultimate worship?
(a) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(b) All other things can be used for God's purposes through the application of special gifts.
(c) Other things are intended to be used as a means of exhibiting Christian love.
(d) All other things are used as a means to enjoy the Trinity.

2. What is the subject that Augustine addresses in Book One and Book Two?
(a) Understanding what one should learn from Scripture.
(b) Finding what to learn from Scripture.
(c) Finding a place in a Scriptural community.
(d) Understanding how to convey Scripture.

3. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
(a) All minds joined in community.
(b) Minds God endowed with special gifts.
(c) All minds.
(d) Illuminated minds.

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

5. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?
(a) Criticism that his demands for linguistic studies were too exclusive.
(b) Criticism from those who believe it is not needed.
(c) Criticism from those who cannot grasp his teaching.
(d) Criticism from those who claim that Augustine relied too much on training and not enough on divine guidance.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?

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

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

5. What is Augustine's perception of God's dispensation of "special gifts" of interpreting Scripture?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What topic does Augustine address in Book Three?

3. 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"?

4. To what sect of Christianity did Tyconius belong and and why is it ironic that Augustine references his rules of interpretation?

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

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

7. What does Augustine require that Christian speakers should avoid, but focus on?

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

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

10. What are the two items that Augustine writes that students must differentiate to learn what Scripture teaches?

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