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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. Who or what is this Word?

2. God is defined as the being "than which ______________ can be conceived."

3. Humans were created primarily to do what?

4. Through ________ man suffers in misery.

5. God and His Word bear the same relationship to all creation. Do they sustain these relations separately?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Was the God-man born with original sin? How does this affect Him?

3. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

4. Why must humans be saved?

5. What is known about each human soul?

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

7. What is the only absolutely true thing that can be said about God? What might this mean?

8. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?

9. Why is Anselm's task of defending the Christian faith not complete?

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

Essay 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

God is passionless, according to St. Anselm.

Part 1) How is passionless? Does he contain compassion? Why or why not? Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not?

Part 2) Is it a positive thing that God is passionless? Why or why not?

Part 3) Have you been passionless in your life? If so, when and why? How did it affect your actions? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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