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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. God has how many ultimate descriptions?
2. We cannot even do what without His help?
3. He exclaims that the mind was created to do what?
4. This ideal of goodness must be ____________ goodness.
5. What does this Word help to "express" or create?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?
2. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?
3. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?
4. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?
5. What does Anselm say about God's properties as Father and Son?
6. How and why does God lack feelings of emotions? Of what else is he also incapable?
7. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?
8. To what is God identical?
9. Why does Anselm say that only a fool would not believe in God?
10. What challenge is raised in Chapter 16 of the Monologium?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
St. Anselm defines God as the being "than which nothing greater can be conceived."
Part 1) How does he support this definition? Could there be other, better, definitions of God? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does this definition support Anselm's other beliefs and claims?
Part 3) What is your own definition of God? How have you come to this definition? What might Anselm think of your definition? Why?
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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