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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. Could God have been brought into existence by anything else?

2. The first man, Adam, discarded a state of unity with God which was __________ to keep.

3. Why can we as humans not win back our salvation?

4. Will anything exist before or after Him?

5. All things live through whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

5. What does Chapter 5 argue?

6. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

7. What does Anselm say about existence and the creation of beings?

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

9. What do Chapters 59 through 63 describe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm disputes Gaunilo's island example.

Part 1) What is Gaunilo's island example? Why does Anselm dispute it?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm or Gaunilo regarding the "lost island?" Why?

Part 3) What is the connection between Anselm's beliefs about Gaunilo's "lost island" and one's ability to conceive?

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

St. Anselm explains the concept of God.

Part 1) What is the concept of God? How does he support this concept?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm's concept of God? Why or why not? Does understanding the concept of God force one to believe in Him? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other main points that Anselm explains about God? How are they each related to the concept of God?

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