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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Augustine recommend as methods for handling the topic in Book Three?
(a) Strict adherence to the dietary laws of Israel and understanding of prophecy as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(b) Seclusion from secular temptations to allow for the maturation of the "inner eye" as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(c) Exclusive study of Scripture and submission to the proper guidance from church officials as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(d) Theological virtue and great learning as methods of handling the problem of Book Two.

2. What does it mean that Augustine requires his students to have such broad knowledge to master his course?
(a) That learning from Augustine was all absorbing and time consuming.
(b) That he was a hard taskmaster with high expectations of his students.
(c) That he was preparing them for other professions should they not prove adept at teaching.
(d) That he believes that finding the meaning of scripture can only be done through intense and careful study.

3. What is an apparent contradiction regarding Augustine's expectation of students to interpretation and an omission from his commentaries in "On Christian Doctrine"?
(a) Augustine expects his students to investigate the intentions of the authors of Scripture, but he does not detail his intentions in choosing the issues on which he focuses.
(b) Augustine demands his students to spend time in seclusion and study, but does not call for the same from teachers.
(c) Augustine criticizes the Donatists yet he uses their theology on which to base "On Christian Doctrine."
(d) Augustine writes that the understanding of the principles of Christian love are sufficient to begin the interpretation of Scripture, but he spends more time examining Old Testament law.

4. Why does Augustine suggest that God would use confusing signs?
(a) Because God wants students to understand the context of words.
(b) Because God wants his community to work through things and signs.
(c) Because humans find grasping the nature of things by analogy more satisfying.
(d) Because God wants students to examine Scripture so they can discover His illuminated truth.

5. According to Book Three, what is the cause of Christians who are not diligent in separating themselves from pagans?
(a) Students will not be diligent in checking their pride as their learning increases.
(b) A Christian will confuse things as signs to be symbols of God.
(c) A Christian will attach a figurative meaning to a passage intended to be read literally.
(d) Students will take their time in seclusion to focus on themselves rather than enjoying the presence of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. By the end of Book Two, Augustine devoted much of this text to refuting critics who believe Scriptural interpretation comes simply. What does this infer of Augustine's methods of debate?

2. What are the two types of signs in Book Two?

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

4. What form do these grammar types take?

5. Why does Augustine claim that Christian students fall into the trap that prevents them from separating themselves from pagans?

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