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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What hazard does Augustine state must one keep in check as they learn of the fields pertaining to Scripture?
(a) The pride develops with great learning.
(b) Eschatology against Scriptural language to prevent heresy.
(c) The consistency of what are considered to be signs against traditional interpretations.
(d) The accuracy of translations against original manuscripts.

2. What facts of Scripture does Augustine set as the foundation for understanding it?
(a) All Scriptural history starting from creation.
(b) The context of the miracles so they can understand the purpose of God in delivering them.
(c) Objects, times, places and people referred to in Scripture and the spiritual realm of the people in Scripture.
(d) All the teachings of Christ.

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

4. In taking the challenge that Augustine presents in Book Three, how should the Christian student differentiate himself from the pagan?
(a) Christians must be careful not to confuse signs and things as many pagans do.
(b) Christians must be careful not to worship things as signs as pagans do.
(c) Christians must be careful not to convert personal motivations into causes of worship as pagans do.
(d) Christians must be careful not to use signs to elevate oneself as pagans do.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How will studying this subject help in understanding Scripture?

2. 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?

3. What does Augustine say the student pass through if he/she will be able to understand Scripture?

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

5. Of the areas that Augustine emphasizes, what area receives the most intense focus?

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