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. Anselm argues that God must incarnate as one from whose race?

2. There is no contradiction between any two statements about the Trinity; thus, we can understand how it is what?

3. We must be aware that each human soul is ________________ and so will be either completely happy or completely unhappy.

4. Can one merely believe?

5. They say that Christians do injustice to God by claiming what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How will souls be rewarded?

2. What is Gaunilo's argument?

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

4. Why must humans be saved?

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

6. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

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

8. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

9. What is the rational mind?

10. What does the Appendix of Anselm: Basic Writings contain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm denies it is a fallacy to deduce the existence of a being in reality to one that exists in the understanding.

Part 1) Do you agree with him? Why or why not? How does he support his belief? Are his points valid? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this belief reveal about Anselm's beliefs about man's abilities to conceive and understand?

Part 3) Is God, according to Anselm, greater than what one can conceive? Why or why not? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Anselm explains how Christ was free to sin but was sinless and died and suffered happily.

Part 1) How and why was he free to sin? Why did he not sin? What does this reveal about sin?

Part 2) Are humans able to be sinless and die happily? Why or why not? How different would the world be if this occurred in man today?

Part 3) Is sin a choice? Can sin be avoided? How much control does one have over his or her actions and emotions?

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