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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Anselm believes that his project of proving God's existence is a case of "________ seeking understanding."
(a) Disbelief.
(b) Despair.
(c) Faith.
(d) The unsure.

2. God exists in every place and time. Can he also exist in neither any place nor any time?
(a) Maybe.
(b) No.
(c) Yes.
(d) Most likely.

3. God has no ___________________.
(a) Beginning or end.
(b) Beginning.
(c) End.
(d) Feelings.

4. God and His idea of Himself exist as what?
(a) A few substances.
(b) One substance.
(c) No substances.
(d) Many substances.

5. Why can we as humans not win back our salvation?
(a) We are so corrupt.
(b) We are too weak.
(c) We do not want our salvation.
(d) We do not deserve salvation.

6. This ideal of goodness must be ____________ goodness.
(a) Very good.
(b) Perfect.
(c) Strong.
(d) Mighty.

7. Chapters twenty-five through twenty-nine discuss the fact that God is an unchanging ____________.
(a) Friend.
(b) Father.
(c) Son.
(d) Substance.

8. God is defined as the being "than which ______________ can be conceived."
(a) Nothing lesser.
(b) Everything greater.
(c) Everything lesser.
(d) Nothing greater.

9. We cannot even do what without His help?
(a) Sin.
(b) Be influenced.
(c) Seek God.
(d) Make choices.

10. In chapter seven, Anselm argues that all beings other than God derive their nature from whom?
(a) God.
(b) Man.
(c) Satan.
(d) Other gods.

11. Chapter seventeen reiterates what about God?
(a) His love.
(b) His understanding.
(c) His justice.
(d) His simplicity.

12. Is this word like the name of created beings?
(a) Most likely.
(b) No.
(c) Maybe.
(d) Yes.

13. God is identical with what?
(a) Love.
(b) His own life.
(c) Man.
(d) Justice.

14. God the Father and the Son both possess properties together. Does God also possess separate properties?
(a) Maybe.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Not at first.

15. We can understand aspects of Him, but we cannot do what?
(a) Understand Him in his totality.
(b) Listen to Him.
(c) Love aspects of Him.
(d) Make connections between those aspects.

Short Answer Questions

1. Some being had to __________ being.

2. This being is the best of all beings for what reason?

3. Does God have beginning and/or end?

4. In chapter seven, Anselm argues that God is not only omnipotent but incapable of certain things. What can He not do?

5. Chapter forty-nine begins the explanation of the third element of the Trinity. What is this third element?

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