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. About what is Boso worried?

2. We should believe in God by doing what?

3. How is "Cur Deus Homo" translated?

4. Should we believe in the Trinity?

5. Is Boso a Christian?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

2. What does Gaunilo submit?

3. What is known about each human soul?

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

5. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

6. What is Gaunilo's argument?

7. How will souls be rewarded?

8. Why is Anselm's task of defending the Christian faith not complete?

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

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

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 2

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 3

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?

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