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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. This ideal of goodness must be ____________ goodness.

2. When we compare two objects, we must implicitly rely on what?

3. He exclaims that the mind was created to do what?

4. Some being had to __________ being.

5. God's compassion and justice are compatible because through __________________, God will make the wicked good and thus worthy of forgiveness.

Short Essay Questions

1. To what is God identical?

2. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

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

4. What does Chapter 5 argue?

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

6. How is God a substance and also transcends substance?

7. What set of problems does Chapter 9 of the Proslogium introduced? How does Chapter 10 add to this?

8. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

9. Give an example showing why God must exist.

10. What does Anselm say about the two types of conceivability?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

God is perfectly just, yet He forgives sinners and has mercy on them.

Part 1) How does Anselm prove that God is perfectly just? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Anselm see a contradiction between being just and showing mercy? What does this reveal about him and his culture?

Part 3) How might this contradiction in God compare to gods of other cultures? How does this support Anselm's love of God?

Essay Topic 3

Christ was not compelled to offer himself to die.

Part 1) How does Anselm attempt to prove this statement? Is he successful? Why or why not? How is this important in setting up Book 2 of the Cur Deus Homo?

Part 2) What else does Anselm say to set up Book 2? Why does he say this? How does it prepare the reader for Book 2?

Part 3) What have you learned about the Christian faith through Cur Deus Homo? Do you agree with what Anselm has to say? Why or why not?

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