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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. God must create from what?

2. Why must the answer to number 35 exist?

3. All beings others than God exist through whom?

4. Everything God created existed in one sense already. How?

5. What does this Word help to "express" or create?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is known about each human soul?

2. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

3. Give an example showing why God must exist.

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

5. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

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

7. Why must humans be saved?

8. What does Anselm first deny?

9. What happens when the soul loves God? What happens when a soul hates God?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The argument in the Monologium is importantly different from the Proslogium.

Part 1) What is the argument in each of these? How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) Why are these differences important? What do these differences reveal about God and everything in existence?

Part 3) How is this argument meant to help mankind? How might it help you?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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