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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are some of the practices of these categories in which humans must not participate?
(a) Teaching literal spheres as figurative spheres.
(b) Using special gifts to attempt to convert things to signs.
(c) Superstition and astrology.
(d) Attempting to reconcile truth with heresy.

2. What does Book Three state is the purpose of God or angels using condemning terms?
(a) To announce displeasure with human conduct.
(b) In relation to destroying evil or lust.
(c) To announce judgment.
(d) To identify human nature.

3. 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) 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) Often figurative language is used to represent both God and angels and this language must be investigated in its original form, not translations.

4. What does Augustine call signs that are only used to express and transmit thoughts?
(a) Given signs.
(b) Natural signs.
(c) Signs that are words.
(d) Signs that are things.

5. What is a requirement of Augustine's disciples?
(a) To identify signs and their role in Scriptural learning.
(b) To use their "special gift."
(c) To use their "inner eye."
(d) To understand God's revelation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Augustine accomplished with his first three books from "On Christian Doctrine"?

2. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?

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

4. 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?

5. By making the demands of understanding Scripture difficult, who was Augustine criticizing?

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