On Christian Doctrine Test | 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. When Augustine focuses on one of the types of criticism he expects to receive, what does he suggest to the reader?

2. What should be the nature of the relationship between humans and God according to Augustine?

3. What are the two primary reasons that Augustine devotes his time to those questions?

4. How does Augustine use the items of his example to illustrate his distinction?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two subject matters into which Augustine divides the four books in "Of Christian Doctrine"?

2. What tool does Augustine write that a pastor can use to help make Scripture understandable?

3. What question does Augustine raise to those who believe that Scriptural interpretation can only be learned from "special gifts"?

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

5. What Christian virtue does Augustine claim that can keep negative traits in check?

6. How does Augustine require that a speaker treat Scriptural interpretation?

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

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

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

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 wrote of the unchangeable nature of Truth and Wisdom, yet many of the most useful things for learning today, (computers, smart phones, mp3 storage devices, the Internet) change at a rapid pace. Compare learning from Truth and Wisdom. Explain how things that are used for learning today can be used to validate what Augustine defines as Truth and Wisdom, as well as how they can be misused to lead someone away from those virtues.

Essay Topic 2

Motivations play an important role in Augustine's requirements for Scriptural interpreters. Identify a scandal involving a modern-day Christian leader and detail how the actions that led to the scandal prove misguided motivations that violated the principles of Christian love as defined by Augustine.

Essay Topic 3

Book Four focuses on the significance of rhetorical skill in the defense of Scriptural interpretation, yet Augustine chooses not to teach rhetoric and advises his students to study people who are effective rhetoricians. Compare learning rhetorical skill from a textbook to learning it directly from someone who demonstrates the gifts for using rhetoric effectively. Choose someone you know to be a public speaker and identify techniques that person uses to effectively communicate with an audience and how you could apply their style to your deliveries.

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