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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 being is the best of all beings for what reason?

2. Should the believer, once God has rescued him, question his belief?

3. Is this word like the name of created beings?

4. Through ________ man suffers in misery.

5. Is God properly listed among common substances?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

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

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

7. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

8. To what is God identical?

9. Give an example showing why God must exist.

10. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the Monologium, Anselm describes and derives God's other properties.

Part 1) What are these other properties? What does Anselm have to say about them? How are they connected to Anselm's beliefs and previously-discussed points?

Part 2) Why was deriving God's existence an important first property to derive? Was Anselm successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two questions you would like to ask about Anselm's deriving of God's properties? How might he answer you? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Man was initially made holy so that he could enjoy God.

Part 1) What else could not take place if man had remained sinless? Why? Is it possible for a man to be born and to remain sinless? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does Anselm say about God's original plan? Does he still continue along this plan? Why or why not? How does Jesus play into this original plan?

Part 3) What is the connection between this discussion of God's original plan the end of the plan, and the Trinity? What does all this reveal and clarify about the Christian faith?

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