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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. How many major thinkers other than Aquinas are most frequently named by the author?

2. He states that words do relate to actual things. It is also important to note that the mind has an important role in language. That is why Aquinas introduces the idea of naming things by and with what?

3. Aquinas observes that while "the Philosopher" claims that the human intellect can have perfect knowledge, he uses Aristotle to refute this. He cites an observation made in De Anima to prove this. What does he say is in the mind's understanding of things?

4. What helped with the development of the philosophy mentioned in number 6?

5. Aquinas' work was severely challenged by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Aristotle? How is he important to this book?

2. What is Aquinas' response to Question LXXV On Man who is Composed of a Spiritual and a Corporeal Substance: And First, Concerning What Belongs to the Essence of the Soul?

3. The sixth article takes up the matter of the puzzle of whether the human soul is corruptible or incorruptible. What does Aquinas say about this?

4. What do many of the questions and answers Aquinas discusses reveal about him?

5. Who is Dionysius?

6. What does Aquinas say about potentiality and actuality?

7. What is said in response to the question of whether truth resides only in the intellect?

8. What are your thoughts on the layout of the Summa Theologica?

9. What might someone who is not specially educated in the areas of philosophy and theology think of this book?

10. What does Aquinas say to the objections that the will of God must always be fulfilled?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Question 85 discusses the mode and order of understanding.

Part 1) What is meant by this discussion topic? Why is it important to discuss?

Part 2) What is said about one's ability to understand many things at the same time? What do you believe about one's ability to understand many things at once?

Part 3) Why is composition and division important when discussing this topic? How is this connected to whether an individual can understand something better than another individual?

Essay Topic 2

St. Thomas Aquinas' work was severely challenged by powerful Arabian philosophy.

Part 1) How did Arabian philosophy become so powerful? Why did it challenge Aquinas' own philosophies?

Part 2) How did Aquinas deal with such challenges to his own philosophies? What aspects about his upbringing and personality aid him in this?

Part 3) What other philosophies and thinkers challenged Aquinas? Why? How does he handle these disagreements in this book? How does this affect the way that he expresses his ideas?

Essay Topic 3

There are two major thinkers other than Aquinas who the author most frequently names.

Part 1) Who are these thinkers? Describe them.

Part 2) Why are they included in this book? How do they support and/or challenge Aquinas' work? How does he deal with this?

Part 3) Why other thinkers are mentioned? Why? How does he use the ideas of these philosophers to benefit his own ideas?

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