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. The rational mind is the _________ part of us.

2. What is the purpose of Gaunilo's piece?

3. How is man alienated from God?

4. God possesses ____________, and a being can have all of God's properties but this.

5. He must be born of a woman. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do Chapters 4 and 5 argue?

6. What do Chapters 1, 2, and 3 explain?

7. What is the purpose of Cur Deus Homo? How do you know this? Describe this book.

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

9. Why is the sacrifice of the God-man so important?

10. How will souls be rewarded?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The argument in the Monologium is importantly different from the Proslogium.

Part 1) What is the argument in each of these? How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) Why are these differences important? What do these differences reveal about God and everything in existence?

Part 3) How is this argument meant to help mankind? How might it help you?

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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