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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of language from Scriptural characters must be taken literally, according to Augustine?
(a) Any speech or language that details the authority of God.
(b) Any speech or language that describes blessings for the chosen of God.
(c) Any speech or language that defines how a thing is a sign.
(d) Any speech or language that condemns evil and recommends love or kindness.

2. By making the demands of understanding Scripture difficult, who was Augustine criticizing?
(a) His detractors believed Scripture could be interpreted easily through special gifts.
(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) Those who felt that Scripture could be interpreted through current events.

3. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?
(a) The meanings of Scriptural phrases that contain ambiguous signs can often be changed with misplaced punctuation.
(b) Often figurative language is used to represent both God and angels and this language must be investigated in its original form, not translations.
(c) Understanding the difference between signs given to groups and signs given to individuals can only be achieved after study of the languages in which languages were written.
(d) The sinful nature of the human filter can interfere with the interpretation of Scripture at any stage of investigation.

4. What are subjects that Augustine identifies that 'must be learned'?
(a) Dietary laws of Israel, miracles of the Pentateuch, and the sermons of Christ.
(b) The manifestations of creation throughout Scripture, every perspective of eschatology, the application of minor prophets to community.
(c) Measurements of all kinds, alphabets, history, medicine and astronomy.
(d) The miracles of the Church immediately after the ascension of Christ, the languages of the Roman Empire, and the laws of Israel.

5. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is a condition that affects holy men and God's commands of them?
(a) They have spent time studying God's law and know how to apply his harsh language within the context of His judgment.
(b) They discern the signs given by God that appear evil.
(c) They from Scripture became so because God had more direct communication with them.
(d) They can commit great sins.

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. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?

3. What are the two different ways a Scriptural passage can be considered, according to Book Three?

4. What does Augustine state the student must do once the figurative and literal passages have been separated from each other?

5. What are the mix of subjects that Augustine emphasizes in his education?

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