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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.
(a) To grow love in one's heart first and foremost.
(b) Diligently apply Scripture properly in every case.
(c) Care of how eschatology is applied.
(d) Sensitivity to compare signs to what is being learned from Scripture.

2. Since Augustine regards his disciples as "divinely instituted," what responsibility falls on his students?
(a) They have the duty to apply good social and intellectual practices.
(b) They have the duty to know the difference between things and signs.
(c) They have the duty to discover their "special gift."
(d) They have the duty to develop their "inner eye."

3. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?
(a) By being used things that are also enjoyed.
(b) By being words that appear as things.
(c) By containing misunderstood words or expressions.
(d) By being things that don't appear as signs.

4. Based on the academic demands that Augustine places on his students, it is clear that Augustine believes what?
(a) That learning as much as possible is the best way to separate the individual from the common population.
(b) That personal discipline and focusing on things outside of the body helps build chastity and humility.
(c) That those who sought Augustine as a teacher will need to have conviction and determination to take on the challenges he puts before his students.
(d) That God is the master of all creation and language and the more you know of each the better you understand what God passed on in Scripture.

5. If Augustine sets a standard for how to interpret Scriptural characters literally, and he applies the converse of that standard for interpreting Scriptural character's figuratively, how would that standard be articulated?
(a) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that defines how a sign is a thing.
(b) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that embraces evil and condemns love or kindness.
(c) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that describes condemnations on the chosen of God.
(d) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that embraces evil and condemns love or kindness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?

2. According to Augustine, of the different forms through which the grammar types show themselves, which is, by definition, the most difficult to interpret?

3. Upon what does Augustine say the student of Scripture must rely during his studies?

4. What Augustine accomplished with his first three books from "On Christian Doctrine"?

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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