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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. Does God have beginning and/or end?

2. Why must the answer to number 35 exist?

3. Through ________ man suffers in misery.

4. This being is the best of all beings for what reason?

5. Can two objects both possess goodness, but to differing degrees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Chapters 3 and 4 argue?

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

4. What do Chapters 1 through 6 describe?

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

6. What does Anselm say in Chapter 1?

7. How does Anselm begin the Proslogium?

8. How are Chapters 1 and 2 prefigure the ontological argument and also are importantly different?

9. What does Chapter 5 argue?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

St. Anselm prays to God that his work will reveal the truth.

Part 1) Why does he make this prayer? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) In your opinion, s St. Anselm's prayer answered? Why or why not? Can prayer make one's actions and thoughts absolutely correct? Why or why not?

Part 3) What truth, if any, do Anselm's writings provide?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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