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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. From what type of education does Augustine develop his curriculum of Scriptural learning?
2. What does Augustine call the types of grammar used through Scripture?
3. What is the topic of Book Three?
4. How does Augustine treat Tyconius' rules that he cites in his book?
5. What are the two categories of signs Augustine identifies in Book Two?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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 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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