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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Augustine in Book Two, in order for the student to become an effective teacher, what two skills must the student master?
2. According to Augustine, how can signs become ambiguous?
3. Why does Augustine claim that words as signs are difficult to understand?
4. What are the two categories of signs Augustine identifies in Book Two?
5. By the end of Book Two, Augustine devoted much of this text to refuting critics who believe Scriptural interpretation comes simply. What does this infer of Augustine's methods of debate?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Augustine requires his students to be motivated by the Christian commands to love God and to love their neighbors. Explain which is easier to show, love of God or love of neighbors. Identify how each is demonstrated and how love of one can contribute to showing love for the other.
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 Three begins with an examination of how faith, punctuation, and pronunciation can contribute to clearing up ambiguities of Scriptural passages. Detail what steps a student would have to take to develop each of those abilities and compare the Scriptural interpreter who has developed them to one who claims "special gifts" as their source for interpretation and teaching.
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