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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. Could God have been brought into existence by anything else?
(a) No.
(b) Most likely.
(c) Yes.
(d) Maybe.

2. Chapter thirty-six explains that God creates and knows His creation in what kind of manner?
(a) An unusual manner.
(b) A distant manner.
(c) An incomprehensible manner.
(d) A comprehensible manner.

3. Should the believer, once God has rescued him, question his belief?
(a) Yes.
(b) No.
(c) Sometimes.
(d) Often.

4. Chapters one and two argue that a being which is "best, and greatest and highest of all existing beings" _________ exist.
(a) Must.
(b) Could.
(c) Do not.
(d) Might.

5. 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) "Born."
(c) "Ridiculed."
(d) "Begotten."

Short Answer Questions

1. What must exist to make choices between two or more things?

2. Why must God exist?

3. God and His Word bear the same relationship to all creation. Do they sustain these relations separately?

4. He exclaims that the mind was created to do what?

5. Anselm begins the Proslogium in the preface by stating his dissatisfaction with _______________ and his rationale for writing the Proslogium.

Short Essay Questions

1. What challenge is raised in Chapter 16 of the Monologium?

2. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

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

4. How does Jesus derive existence from God? Why?

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

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

7. Can God, according to Anselm, create from nothing?

8. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

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

10. How does Anselm explain that God creates from nothing but that everything, in a sense, already exists?

(see the answer keys)

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