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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Augustine, of the different forms through which the grammar types show themselves, which is, by definition, the most difficult to interpret?
(a) The poem because it relies heavily on metaphor, hyperbole, and enigma.
(b) The catachresis because of its "misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect."
(c) The riddle because it often requires an answer that was even hidden in the day it was given.
(d) The sarcasm because it is often undetectable unless the intended tone of the writer is examined.

2. What does Augustine state signs are regardless of whether they want to be?
(a) Signs that are things.
(b) Signs that are words.
(c) Natural signs.
(d) Given signs.

3. How does Augustine state a student should consider an evil command given to its intended target?
(a) That God requires that his will be followed.
(b) That God is becoming intolerant of defiance against his laws.
(c) As being good for the individual or group at the time.
(d) As a sign that God will exercise an act of judgment.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What important understanding must the student of scripture possess, as stated in Book Two?

2. According to Augustine, how should misunderstood signs become understood?

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

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

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

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