Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Upon what does Augustine focus most of his efforts in the Preface of "On Christian Doctrine"?
2. What is the primary tool for interpretation for the critics that Augustine primarily focuses on in the Preface?
3. What is the logical inconsistency of the critics that Augustine confronts in the Preface?
4. Who does Augustine suggest has the ability to know the Truth?
5. How does Augustine describe humans?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is a technique that Augustine uses to determine the meaning of a passage that cannot be discovered by simply reading the passage?
2. What does Augustine claim are the two types of signs and how are they defined?
3. What does Augustine recommend should be the lifestyle and focus of the Christian speaker?
4. What does Augustine claim an interpreter must consider regarding the author of Scripture to make a correct interpretation?
5. Why does Augustine suggest that Scripture reports the great sins of holy men?
6. What does Augustine identifies as three things that students need to use to develop responsible interpretations of Scripture?
7. What relationship does Augustine write humans should have with God? What does Augustine write must humans do before they can enter this relationship?
8. Why does Augustine believe that God will aid him in his teaching about learning and communicating Scripture?
9. What is a point that Augustine makes about the love of God that confronts his critics that claim "special gifts" needed to interpret scripture?
10. What are three things that Augustine writes that humans can do with one of the items of his focus in Book One?
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.
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.
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.
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