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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is an important omission that Augustine commits as it applies to moral rules in Scripture?
(a) Augustine omits standards for interpreting Scripture.
(b) Augustine omits grammatical techniques for interpreting Scripture.
(c) Augustine omits examples of grammatical forms from Scripture.
(d) Augustine does not guide students to understand whether the moral rules of Scripture are universal or particular.

2. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?
(a) They do not have the discipline to understand that seclusion is intended for purging human weakness and not for self-absorption.
(b) They consider their ability to absorb knowledge as a special gift that makes them closer to God.
(c) They read Scriptural passages according to their own cultural and historical biases.
(d) They are too eager to misapply signs to inappropriate events and situations.

3. By making the demands of understanding Scripture difficult, who was Augustine criticizing?
(a) Those who felt that Scripture could be interpreted through current events.
(b) Those who believe that only studying the life of Christ was sufficient to understand Scripture.
(c) Those who believe that learning information outside of the Bible leads to heresy.
(d) His detractors believed Scripture could be interpreted easily through special gifts.

4. According to Augustine, how should misunderstood signs become understood?
(a) By examining the use of the word that appears to be a thing.
(b) By committing the misunderstood words or expressions to memory.
(c) By examining the context in which things appear as signs.
(d) By considering how the used thing is accepted by the community.

5. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?
(a) He/she must understand that covetousness will disrupt the community.
(b) He/she must understand that knowing how to use signs can lead to abusing signs.
(c) His/her self love can interfere with his ability to use his inner eye.
(d) His/her own depravity and that he loves temporal things too much.

Short Answer Questions

1. What form do these grammar types take?

2. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?

3. What are the two categories of signs Augustine identifies in Book Two?

4. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?

5. What is the difference between the time that God might deliver what seems to be an evil command in the Old Testament and the current time, according to Augustine?

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