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St. Anselm
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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. Acquiring accidents is a process of ___________.

2. Anselm argues that the Word "derives" existence from God through His birth, but not His __________.

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

4. What does the answer to number 86 follow?

5. Can created substances be accurately compared to Him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

2. What does Chapter 15 argue?

3. What does Anselm say about the two types of conceivability?

4. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

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

6. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

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

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

9. What does Anselm say about God's eternality and omnipresence?

10. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God exists necessarily.

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How does this support Anselm's belief in one God?

Part 2) How does this aspect of God make him, in a sense, unapproachable? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 3) How is God's existence also in need of unity? Why?

Essay Topic 2

St. Anselm prays to God that his work will reveal the truth.

Part 1) Why does he make this prayer? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) In your opinion, s St. Anselm's prayer answered? Why or why not? Can prayer make one's actions and thoughts absolutely correct? Why or why not?

Part 3) What truth, if any, do Anselm's writings provide?

Essay Topic 3

In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm represents his argument in dialogue form.

Part 1) Describe this dialogue. Why might he choose to use dialogue form? Why has he not used it in his other writings?

Part 2) How effective is this dialogue? Explain. How does it support his other writings?

Part 3) What else, besides the dialogue form, is unique to this writing? Why?

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