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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. Who or what is this Word?

2. God is defined as the being "than which ______________ can be conceived."

3. Humans were created primarily to do what?

4. Through ________ man suffers in misery.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Was the God-man born with original sin? How does this affect Him?

3. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

4. Why must humans be saved?

5. What is known about each human soul?

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

7. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?

8. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?

9. Why is Anselm's task of defending the Christian faith not complete?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Anselm argues that, despite the fact that we cannot truly understand the nature of the Trinity, we should believe in it.

Part 1) Why can one not truly understand the Trinity? Why should one believe in it, even though he or she does not understand it?

Part 2) Is this lack of understanding and need to believe anyway exist in other aspects of Christianity? If so, give an example. If not, why not?

Part 3) In what do you believe? Do you have complete understanding of this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Man was initially made holy so that he could enjoy God.

Part 1) What else could not take place if man had remained sinless? Why? Is it possible for a man to be born and to remain sinless? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does Anselm say about God's original plan? Does he still continue along this plan? Why or why not? How does Jesus play into this original plan?

Part 3) What is the connection between this discussion of God's original plan the end of the plan, and the Trinity? What does all this reveal and clarify about the Christian faith?

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