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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. Chapters one through six describe the relationship of God to what?

2. Does God derive His existence through nothing?

3. Chapter seventeen reiterates what about God?

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

5. The _______________ of dignity and existence of all things comes in degrees.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anselm say about God's properties as Father and Son?

2. How and why does God lack feelings of emotions? Of what else is he also incapable?

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

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

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

6. How does Jesus derive existence from God? Why?

7. What is the "Word?" How does Anselm come to explain this?

8. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

9. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

10. What does Chapter 5 argue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm denies it is a fallacy to deduce the existence of a being in reality to one that exists in the understanding.

Part 1) Do you agree with him? Why or why not? How does he support his belief? Are his points valid? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this belief reveal about Anselm's beliefs about man's abilities to conceive and understand?

Part 3) Is God, according to Anselm, greater than what one can conceive? Why or why not? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Anselm explains how Christ was free to sin but was sinless and died and suffered happily.

Part 1) How and why was he free to sin? Why did he not sin? What does this reveal about sin?

Part 2) Are humans able to be sinless and die happily? Why or why not? How different would the world be if this occurred in man today?

Part 3) Is sin a choice? Can sin be avoided? How much control does one have over his or her actions and emotions?

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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