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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. Anselm believes that his project of proving God's existence is a case of "________ seeking understanding."

2. Is this "Word" the same substance as Himself?

3. What must exist to make choices between two or more things?

4. Why is the answer to number 33 this type of goodness?

5. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said of God?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give an example showing why God must exist.

3. What does Chapter 5 argue?

4. How does Anselm explain that God creates from nothing but that everything, in a sense, already exists?

5. What is learned about the Holy Spirit?

6. How are Chapters 1 and 2 prefigure the ontological argument and also are importantly different?

7. What does Chapter 6 maintain?

8. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

9. What does Chapter 3 of the Proslogium make?

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

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

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 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?

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