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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?
(a) The purging of unclean spiritual occupations that are too common in the pagan cultures.
(b) Stages of spiritual purification and understand the need for God and Christian virtues.
(c) A 40-day period of seclusion and fasting so they can better know the mind of Christ.
(d) Rigorous physical and mental challenges to prove to God the seriousness of the desire to learn.

3. What is the significance of Augustine recommending mastery of so many fields in Book Two?
(a) Broad knowledge is needed to properly interpret Scripture.
(b) Attempting to absorb so much information exercises the mind and helps the student find their special gift.
(c) Broad knowledge helps exercise the inner eye.
(d) Learning all that God has put before the student through all history helps the student better know the mind of God.

4. What form do these grammar types take?
(a) Poem, metaphor, sarcasm, and hyperbole.
(b) Prose, poem, dissertation, and story.
(c) Hyperbole, riddle, song, and parable.
(d) Allegory, enigma, parable, and catachresis.

5. What was the topic of Book Three?
(a) Learning how to handle unknown or unfamiliar signs.
(b) Learning as a discipline to prove Christian convictions.
(c) Learning how to overcome critics with well-reasoned and complete prose.
(d) Learning the philosophy of Classic Greeks as a key to Scriptural interpretation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an apparent contradiction regarding Augustine's expectation of students to interpretation and an omission from his commentaries in "On Christian Doctrine"?

2. What are the two different ways that God and angels speak in Scripture, as identified in Book Three?

3. What are the primary possessions of the student of Scripture, according to Augustine in Book Two?

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

5. Why does Augustine claim that words as signs are difficult to understand?

(see the answer keys)

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