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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. Chapters one and two argue that a being which is "best, and greatest and highest of all existing beings" _________ exist.

2. Can created substances be accurately compared to Him?

3. There must exist a being that is what?

4. Who or what is this Word?

5. God must create from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anselm first deny?

2. How is God a substance? What does Anselm have to say about God as a substance?

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

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

5. How does Anselm dispute Gaunilo's island example?

6. What does Gaunilo submit?

7. Why must humans be saved?

8. What is Gaunilo's argument?

9. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

10. What does Anselm outline to prepare the reader for Book II?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The expression of God consists of only one "Word."

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How is this "Word" a thing, according to Anselm? How is the "Word" like "Himself?"

Part 2) How does the "Word" create the world? What is the connection between the "Word" and Jesus Christ?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this belief regarding the "Word?" Does Anselm well-support this belief? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Anselm concludes that he has shown how the core ideas of the Old and New Testaments are true.

Part 1) Give four ways that Anselm has shown the Bible to be true.

Part 2) Could Anselm be disputed? Why or why not? What do these core ideas and Anselm's interpretation of them reveal about the church?

Part 3) How have these core ideas influenced our culture as a whole? Is this good? Why or why not?

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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