Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ed., with an Introd. by Anton C. Pegis Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. One will is immediate and the rest may be the same or the guidance of ___________ which governs the events.

2. Appetites are ______.

3. How many articles are there for Question XCIII: The Eternal Law?

4. Aquinas discusses agents and ____________.

5. Truth is the perfection of what, claims Aquinas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aquinas say about the difference between irascible and concupiscence?

2. What is the analogy Aquinas uses in regards to God and all things being directed to one end?

3. What does Aquinas say about choice and how it is an act of the will in relation to the means to an end?

4. What is important about action?

5. How does Aquinas see individuating qualities?

6. What does Aquinas say about the tendency of all things being like unto God?

7. What does Aquinas say in the Second Article, regarding whether the intellect is a purely passive power or not?

8. What does the matter of whether the essence of the soul is its power involve?

9. What does Aquinas claim is the behavior of the majority of human action?

10. For Question 58, what is discussed in the First and Second Articles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

It is discussed whether the intellectual principle is multiplied according to the number of bodies.

Part 1) How does this continue to discussion from number 10? What does this have to do with agents and actions? How successful is Aquinas at supporting his belief about the intellectual principle? Why?

Part 2) What does Aquinas think of individuating qualities? How is this connected to Jesus and forgiveness?

Part 3) What does Aquinas think of the idea of many souls? Why? What are your thoughts on this?

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