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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. Chapter eight explains how God can be compassionate but also lack what?

2. God must create from what?

3. Some being had to __________ being.

4. Can two objects both possess goodness, but to differing degrees?

5. Chapter sixteen raises a challenge: since God is equivalent to all his properties, can't we understand God when we understand these properties? How does Anselm respond?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Anselm say about the essence of both Father and Son?

3. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

4. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

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

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

7. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

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

9. What does Chapter 15 argue?

10. How is Chapter 4 connected to Chapters 1 and 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God is passionless, according to St. Anselm.

Part 1) How is passionless? Does he contain compassion? Why or why not? Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not?

Part 2) Is it a positive thing that God is passionless? Why or why not?

Part 3) Have you been passionless in your life? If so, when and why? How did it affect your actions? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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