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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is ironic about the fact that Augustine referred to Tyconius' "Book of Rules" as being useful for the interpretation of Scripture?
(a) Augustine eschewed rules that do not originate from Scripture.
(b) Tyconius was a Donatist and much of "On Christian Doctrine" is written to address points of disagreement between Augustine and Donatists.
(c) Tyconius was a Greek philosopher and Augustine was wary of Greek philosophers.
(d) Tyconius was ruled a heretic for taking liberties in the examination of Scripture.

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

3. Augustine writes in Book Three that in order to make the type of evaluation of the command given to the intended target, what knowledge must a student of Scripture possess?
(a) Of how God expects his laws to be applied.
(b) Of the history of the event for which God is giving the command.
(c) Of how God makes his will manifest.
(d) Of how God used a sign to foretell his command.

4. According to Augustine in Book Three, what is the purpose of Scripture in reporting the condition that affects holy men?
(a) The direct communication that holy men had with God is reported so current students will approach Scripture with the reverence it deserves.
(b) The discernment of holy men is reported in Scripture to remind students of the work that needs to be done to understand the history and culture of holy men.
(c) The sins of holy men are reported in Scripture so individuals never think they are too great to sin.
(d) The knowledge of law possessed by holy men is reported in Scripture to guide students to approach God's communication with the same zeal.

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 describes condemnations on the chosen of God.
(c) A figurative interpretation of a holy Scriptural character will be applied to language and speech that embraces evil and condemns love or kindness.
(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. According to Augustine, how should misunderstood signs become understood?

2. What Scriptural passage does Augustine use to remind the reader of "On Christian Doctrine" of the condition that affects holy men?

3. What does Augustine reason, from the scriptural reference regarding the hazard of learning, that a student must be sure to develop.

4. What is the topic of Book Three?

5. According to Augustine in Book Two, in order for the student to become an effective teacher, what two skills must the student master?

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