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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) Exclusive study of Scripture and submission to the proper guidance from church officials as methods of handling the problem of book two.
(c) Seclusion from secular temptations to allow for the maturation of the "inner eye" 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 are subjects that Augustine identifies that 'must be learned'?
(a) Measurements of all kinds, alphabets, history, medicine and astronomy.
(b) The miracles of the Church immediately after the ascension of Christ, the languages of the Roman Empire, and the laws of Israel.
(c) Dietary laws of Israel, miracles of the Pentateuch, and the sermons of Christ.
(d) The manifestations of creation throughout Scripture, every perspective of eschatology, the application of minor prophets to community.

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

4. What is a major challenge in dealing with the topic addressed in Book Three?
(a) Often figurative language is used to represent both God and angels and this language must be investigated in its original form, not translations.
(b) The meanings of Scriptural phrases that contain ambiguous signs can often be changed with misplaced punctuation.
(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.

5. What are the two general confusions that Augustine says come from Christians who do not differentiate themselves from pagans?
(a) Students will attempt to win supporters to their views and Christian community will be broken.
(b) Emotions will become the focus of worship and Christian community will crumble.
(c) Individuals will be led to worship the creation rather than the Creator.
(d) Signs are treated as things and things are treated as signs.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Upon what does Augustine say the student of Scripture must rely during his studies?

3. According to Book Two, what is the most important knowledge a student of scripture can have?

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

5. According to Book Three, what is the cause of Christians who are not diligent in separating themselves from pagans?

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