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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How can recommendations Augustine makes from Book Three prevent students from falling into the trap that misleads them?
(a) Augustine recommends that students learn the culture, language, and history from the periods that Scripture was written to develop the skill to interpret Scripture intelligently.
(b) Augustine warns against allowing the increased knowledge of students from developing into pride.
(c) Augustine devotes much of Book Two to detailing the demands on the serious student of Scripture.
(d) Augustine painstakingly differentiates between signs and things to guide students away from misapplying both.

2. Of Tyconius' rules for interpreting Scripture that Augustine examined, which two relate to the subjects that Augustine recommended for study in Book Two?
(a) On the promises and the law and On the devil and his body.
(b) On the Lord and his body and On the promises and the law.
(c) On species and genus and On measurements of time.
(d) On the Lord's twofold body and On genus and species.

3. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?
(a) In spiritual terms and human terms.
(b) Figuratively and literally.
(c) Of signs and things.
(d) With cruelty and kindness.

4. What is the most important step Augustine's students must take to avoid the trap he sees in interpretation?
(a) Students need to differentiate the love for God from the love for things common among the pagans.
(b) Students need to submit themselves to the process of purging their selfish desires.
(c) Students need to submit themselves to the scrutiny of a wise teacher who can dissuade them from becoming prideful.
(d) Students need to devote themselves to studying the subjects Augustine recommended in Book Two.

5. 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?
(a) Augustine is personally offended with critics and chooses to punish those who most support him.
(b) Augustine confronts his critics with thorough investigation and lets his text prove his integrity.
(c) Augustine is obsessive and relentlessly badgers his critics into submission.
(d) Augustine chooses to overwhelm his critics with so much information that they lose track of their arguments.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Book Three state is the purpose of God or angels using condemning terms?

3. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?

4. How does Augustine treat Tyconius' rules that he cites in his book?

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

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