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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. Of these influences on individual thought, which does Augustine claim Scripture teaches are negative to Christian thought?

2. What is Augustine's attitude toward those who have a "special gift" for interpretation from God?

3. What does Augustine conclude are the only things that can be enjoyed?

4. Why does Augustine expect the method of accessing knowledge he lacks to be successful?

5. What is the main difference between the system of learning that Augustine advocates and that advocated by the critics he focuses on in the Preface?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?

2. Upon which type of critics does Augustine focus his attention in the preface?

3. What categories does Augustine use to define spheres of natural knowledge?

4. What are the seven rules of interpretation that Augustine used from Tyconius' book of Rules?

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

6. How many types of criticism does Augustine predict he will face over "On Christian Doctrine"?

7. What is Augustine's view of "special gifts"?

8. What is a technique that Augustine uses to determine the meaning of a passage that cannot be discovered by simply reading the passage?

9. What is Augustine's focus in Book One?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augustine requires his students to be motivated by the Christian commands to love God and to love their neighbors. Explain which is easier to show, love of God or love of neighbors. Identify how each is demonstrated and how love of one can contribute to showing love for the other.

Essay Topic 2

Book Three begins with an examination of how faith, punctuation, and pronunciation can contribute to clearing up ambiguities of Scriptural passages. Detail what steps a student would have to take to develop each of those abilities and compare the Scriptural interpreter who has developed them to one who claims "special gifts" as their source for interpretation and teaching.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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