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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the third type of criticism that Augustine suggests "On Christian Doctrine" would face?

2. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?

3. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?

4. According to Augustine, how should a student be affected as he/she becomes proficient in interpreting Scripture?

5. Augustine wrote that the critics he mainly focuses on in the Preface base their positions on what belief?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine recommend as the best method for acquiring rhetorical skill?

2. What does Augustine identifies as three things that students need to use to develop responsible interpretations of Scripture?

3. About what subject does Augustine want to answer many questions in Book One and for what two reasons does he want to answer them?

4. Augustine supports students learning in a certain human gathering. What are these human gatherings called and what can students get from them that they cannot get from "special gifts"?

5. According to Augustine, how are words as signs difficult to understand?

6. What three virtues do students need to teach Scripture?

7. What must a student keep in check while learning the subjects that Augustine recommends?

8. What does Augustine identify as an important consideration when determining how many ideas words or phrases from Scripture contain?

9. What are the two items that Augustine writes that students must differentiate to learn what Scripture teaches?

10. What is the source if an individual knows more than they actually know and how does that impact Augustine's effort?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augustine devotes the preface to answering criticism he expects to receive from a sect known as the Donatists. Compare Augustine's position to what you know of the Donatists from the preface (those who believe that "special gifts" were necessary to interpret Scripture). What are the benefits of the two beliefs? What are the disadvantages of each? Which system of interpretation do you consider more beneficial to the general public and particularly to the growth and development of the Christian Church. Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In the Preface, Augustine explains that refusing to learn from trained and experienced human teachers eliminates an aspiring student from benefiting from communities built upon the principles of Christian love. Identify the principles of the Christian love that Augustine promotes and explain the role that the student is to take in relationship of the community and experienced and trained teachers of Scripture.

Essay Topic 3

Compare lifestyles from the Old Testament (2,000 B.C.-500 B.C.), life in the late Roman Empire during the life of Augustine (354 A.D.-430 A.D.), and during the 21st Century. Write an analysis of how life in the Roman Empire of Augustine is similar to Old Testament times and how it is similar to the America of the 21st Century. Conclude with details of difficulties for a modern student to has for relating to the culture and life of the Old Testament and life in Augustine's Roman empire and steps a modern student would have to take to overcome those difficulties.

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