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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 does Augustine claim to be the central law of love and the message of Christianity?

2. In approaching this distinction, what is Augustine's first focus in Book One?

3. What is the problem for the critics that Augustine addresses in the Preface when they choose to teach?

4. In Augustine's example, how can something used also be enjoyed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What self-knowledge does Augustine write that students need and what steps does Augustine suggest for them to overcome the limits of that self-knowledge to learn to interpret Scripture?

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

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

4. How does Augustine suggest interpretations of Scripture should affect the subject about which he wants to answer many questions and how should that affect the student seeking to interpret Scripture?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Augustine claim is one of the causes of a sign's ambiguity?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augustine warns that coveting negates Christian love. Explain coveting as a motivation and identify how covetousness will motivate someone to take actions that appear to be similar to Christian love. Conclude your explanation with the consequences of a covetous individual misusing the acts of Christian love to the person he/she uses them upon, the person who commits those false acts, and to the image of Christian love.

Essay Topic 2

In Book Two, Augustine identifies seven virtues that lead to the development of wisdom. Analyze how the seven virtues contribute to the strengthening of each other and how they build toward gaining what Augustine defines as wisdom.

Essay Topic 3

Augustine claims that reading Scripture by itself is sufficient to tea scripture. If this is so, please defend reasons for a student devoting themselves to the time for study to learn to interpret Scripture. Does Augustine's claim about the self-sufficiency of Scripture support those who claim "special gifts" are needed to interpret Scripture? In your opinion is the type of work Augustine requires to interpret Scripture more necessary today than in Augustine's time or less so? Why?

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