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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 relate Truth and God?

2. Augustine endeavors to answer many questions about what subject in Book One?

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

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

5. What are the two main tools that God uses to teach men what to do, as identified by Augustine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augustine identify as the two types of passages interpreted from Scripture?

2. Why does Augustine suggest that the critics he focuses on in the Preface do not believe his teaching is necessary?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What subjects does Augustine recommend that students lea to interpret scripture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book Two, Augustine identified challenges of translating the original languages of Scripture into the Roman-Latin language of his day. Explain the difficulty with translating older English versions of the Bible, such as the King James version, into the type of terms and phrases that students use today. How can translating the Bible from old English style to modern jargon be done while preserving the integrity of Scripture?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Augustine demands his students to pursue moral purification. As modern students, you are required to adhere to institutional rules at home, school and jobs. Compare obedience to rules to the standards Augustine sets for moral purification. How does obedience to rules help to bring one to seek moral purification? Can moral purification contribute to someone being more obedient to institutional rules? How? Can moral purification lead someone to be defiant of institutional rules? Why or why not?

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