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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. While the activity of the mind is usually expressed through the living body, with what will it continue in its current form?

2. What is the format designed to suit?

3. What is entropy, according to Aquinas?

4. What power does not exist at all in God?

5. What did Damascene do when he quit his job?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Aquinas able to write this book successfully?

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

3. What is said about angels?

4. What does Aquinas say about potentiality and actuality?

5. What is Aquinas' response about truth?

6. Who writes the introduction? What is assumed by the translation of this book?

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

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

9. What is said about whether the intellectual principle is united to the body as its form?

10. When Aquinas turns to the debate format, what does he assume? What are the consequences of this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Question 87 discusses whether the intellectual soul knows itself and all that is within itself.

Part 1) How are angels used to support Aquinas' response to this? Is this valid? Why or why not?

Part 2) Can an individual know itself and all that is with itself? Why or why not? Do you feel that you know much about yourself? Explain.

Part 3) How do discoveries and other information learned today support Aquinas' beliefs regarding the knowledge of the soul about itself?

Essay Topic 2

There are twelve articles written about the will of God.

Part 1) What is meant by the will of God? Does Aquinas believe that there is will in God? Why or why not? What are your own beliefs about the will of God? How have you come to have these beliefs?

Part 2) How does Aquinas' explanation regarding the will of God reflect his earlier beliefs? Is his evidence regarding the will of God substantial and valid? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does the discussion about the will of God lead to a discussion on corruption? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The question is asked whether there is power in God.

Part 1) What does Aquinas mean by power? How does this support his belief about whether there is power in God? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) How is God's power reflected in humanity and the idea of unity?

Part 3) How does the discussion of God's power lead to questions about his omnipotence? How does Aquinas' view of God's power reinforce his beliefs about God's omnipotence?

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