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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Augustine begins training his students to interpret scripture with an examination of "things." He differentiates "things" that are to be used from things that are to be enjoyed. Use an example that Augustine used in "On Christian Doctrine" to make a Venn diagram comparing things that are used with things enjoyed. Write an essay on your diagram and identify the standard that Augustine uses to determine how things are to be used and enjoyed properly. Conclude the essay with the steps you would have to take to use and enjoy things based on Augustine's standards.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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