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

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. God must exist. Why?

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

3. The rational mind is the closest method of approaching who or what?

4. The rational mind is the "mirror and image" of what?

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

Essay 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

St. Anselm's project of proving God's existence is a case of "faith seeking understanding."

Part 1) What is meant by this? How does St. Anselm go about seeking this understanding? Is he successful? Why or why not?

Part 2) Might these writings effectively convince a non-believer to believe, or are these writings purely for believers? Why?

Part 3) How important is understanding to having faith in something? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

St. Anselm believes only a fool would not believe in God.

Part 1) Why does he believe this? Does he support this belief with valid responses and hard evidence? Explain.

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not? What does this belief reveal about Anselm?

Part 3) How might Anselm's upbringing and culture influence this belief?

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