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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. To what does Augustine compare his distinction of things?

2. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?

3. What does Augustine suggest a conception of Christian love will serve for the student?

4. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?

5. What is the first important distinction that Augustine makes in Book One?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the tasks of the orator according to Cicero?

2. How does Augustine require that a speaker treat Scriptural interpretation?

3. 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"?

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

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

6. What inference can be made from the extensive training that Augustine recommends to interpret Scripture?

7. What does Augustine recommend to the pastor who cannot acquire the skill of rhetoric?

8. What are some types of tropes that Augustine discusses?

9. What does Augustine claim are the two types of signs and how are they defined?

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

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

Augustine writes that God uses, rather than enjoys, humans and that the extent of His use of each human is based upon the depth of love those humans have for God. Detail how a student can translate their love of God to commitment to the study course that Augustine lays out. Explain how a student motivated by the love for God will respond to guidance from the sources for learning that Augustine recommends and how doing such can prepare a student to guide a community to seek proper and intelligent Scriptural interpretation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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