St. Anselm: Basic Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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. How does Gaunilo draw an analogy to God's existence?

2. The Appendix of Anselm: Basic Writings contains how many documents?

3. From where does God's compulsion come to complete his original plan?

4. Can one merely believe?

5. And any soul that hates God will be __________ for all of time.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Greatest Conceivable Island compared to God?

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

3. What can be known about the Trinity?

4. Why must humans be saved?

5. For what have Christians been ridiculed? What is Anselm's response to this?

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

7. What is the rational mind?

8. What is known about each human soul?

9. What does Gaunilo submit?

10. What happens when the soul loves God? What happens when a soul hates God?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm argues that, despite the fact that we cannot truly understand the nature of the Trinity, we should believe in it.

Part 1) Why can one not truly understand the Trinity? Why should one believe in it, even though he or she does not understand it?

Part 2) Is this lack of understanding and need to believe anyway exist in other aspects of Christianity? If so, give an example. If not, why not?

Part 3) In what do you believe? Do you have complete understanding of this? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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