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. We should believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the same way, ________________.

2. How is atonement possible?

3. The second book shows how Jesus could do what?

4. Can multiple persons incarnate as one person?

5. Anselm argues that human salvation follows from Christ's death by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what should we believe?

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

3. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

4. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

5. What does Anselm say about Satan and the Fallen Angels?

6. What does Gaunilo submit?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the Monologium, Anselm describes and derives God's other properties.

Part 1) What are these other properties? What does Anselm have to say about them? How are they connected to Anselm's beliefs and previously-discussed points?

Part 2) Why was deriving God's existence an important first property to derive? Was Anselm successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two questions you would like to ask about Anselm's deriving of God's properties? How might he answer you? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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