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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. How does Augustine expect to get the knowledge that he lacks?

2. What does Augustine reason is the consequence to human teaching if learning comes from Divine gifts?

3. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?

4. What is the nature of the second important distinction Augustine identifies in Book One?

5. What does Augustine use to illustrate a thing to be enjoyed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the criticisms that Augustine predicts he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

2. What relationship does Augustine write humans should have with God? What does Augustine write must humans do before they can enter this relationship?

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

4. What does Augustine write that God uses to teach men and how does that source achieve God's purpose?

5. What Christian virtue does Augustine claim that can keep negative traits in check?

6. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?

7. What tool does Augustine write that a pastor can use to help make Scripture understandable?

8. What does Augustine require that Christian speakers should avoid, but focus on?

9. Augustine refutes his critics from the Preface with a common example. What was that example and how does Augustine use it to support his position?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augustine wrote after the reign of Constantine who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. How do you think the role of Christianity in the administration of the Roman Empire affected theological rivalries among Christian leaders? Is it possible that Augustine was motivated by such rivalries to write "On Christian Doctrine"? Why or why not? If a rivalry similar to that between Augustine and the Donatists (those who believed interpretation came from "special gifts") was active today, which side do you believe modern political, religious, and secular leaders would choose and why?

Essay Topic 2

In Book Three, Augustine examines the natures of God, man, sin and lust. Give a review of what Augustine taught on these three areas, how they compare and contrast to modern perceptions on the same three areas, and whether you agree with Augustine's positions and why you do or do not. Cite recognizable examples from modern times and history to support your view.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine requires his students to learn history and ancient languages in order to properly interpret Scripture. Identify and detail three reasons he makes this requirement and explain how his expectations could serve a student looking into other areas of study. Plan an order for learning the skills that Augustine recommends for responsible Scriptural interpretation and explain why you would follow the courses in that order.

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