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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In chapter seven, Anselm argues that God is not only omnipotent but incapable of certain things. What can He not do?
(a) He cannot care about others and He cannot hear our pleas.
(b) He cannot be tricked by evil and He cannot have complete power.
(c) He cannot do evil and He cannot fail to have maximal power.
(d) He cannot force us to believe and He cannot bend our wills.

2. In chapter forty-one we discover that God "begets" in the most perfect and true way but is also __________ in the most perfect and true way.
(a) "Killed."
(b) "Begotten."
(c) "Born."
(d) "Ridiculed."

3. How does God exist?
(a) Simply.
(b) Complexly.
(c) Surprisingly.
(d) Surely.

4. Chapter forty-nine begins the explanation of the third element of the Trinity. What is this third element?
(a) Man.
(b) The Holy Spirit.
(c) Jesus Christ.
(d) The angels.

5. We can only ascribe certain properties to God within what?
(a) His understanding.
(b) Our understanding.
(c) Reason.
(d) The Bible.

Short Answer Questions

1. All things live through whom?

2. God's compassion and justice are compatible because through __________________, God will make the wicked good and thus worthy of forgiveness.

3. We can understand aspects of Him, but we cannot do what?

4. Chapters eighteen through twenty-four describe God's what?

5. Men should not expect to understand Him until he has lived with his belief for how long?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?

2. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

3. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

4. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

5. Give an example showing why God must exist.

6. How are Chapters 1 and 2 prefigure the ontological argument and also are importantly different?

7. What set of problems does Chapter 9 of the Proslogium introduced? How does Chapter 10 add to this?

8. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

9. Why does Anselm say that only a fool would not believe in God?

10. How is God a substance? What does Anselm have to say about God as a substance?

(see the answer keys)

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