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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

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 2

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 3

Christ's life pays God for humanity's sins.

Part 1) How does Christ's life do this? Could anyone else's life be capable of paying for humanity's sins? Why or why not?

Part 2) How important are the facts that Christ had the freedom to sin and died happily to his ability to pay God for mankind's sins? Explain.

Part 3) Why has the world not returned to its original state, as with Adam and Eve, if Christ has paid for mankind's sins?

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