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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. Dionysius was known as what?

2. Many of the questions in the Summa Theologica are ____________________.

3. The truth or perception is that the living soul is the mind intimately associated with what?

4. Objections and refutations to those objections are presented for what reasons?

5. Aquinas shows that his ideas can be _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aquinas say about God's omnipotence?

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

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

4. What does Aquinas say about potentiality and actuality?

5. 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?

6. What does Aquinas say about falsity?

7. What does Aquinas say about God's action and essence?

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

9. What does Aquinas say about whether there is will in God?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Question 79 in Chapter 13 is in regards to the intellectual powers.

Part 1) Why does Aquinas seem to continue discussing a question that seems to have already been answered? What is added? Why?

Part 2) What does Aquinas say about angels and people? Why is this discussed? How does this relate to Question 79 in Chapter 13?

Part 3) What does Aquinas say about the type of power the intellect has? How does this relate to his other views about the intellect?

Essay Topic 3

The question is raised in this book whether God is omnipotent.

Part 1) What is meant by omnipotence? How is God omnipotent, according to Aquinas? Would other philosophers agree with him? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why is the answering of this question threatening? How threatening is it? Why?

Part 3) Do you believe God is omnipotent? Why or why not?

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