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. God would not be good if He did not at least try to do what?

2. God can be properly called what, in regards to the Trinity?

3. Chapters three through eight discuss the ___________ of the "infidels" to the theory of the atonement.

4. How is Cur Deus Homo written?

5. When the soul loves God, He is blessed and God does what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is known about each human soul?

4. What do Chapters 4 and 5 argue?

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

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

7. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

8. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

St. Anselm prays to God that his work will reveal the truth.

Part 1) Why does he make this prayer? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) In your opinion, s St. Anselm's prayer answered? Why or why not? Can prayer make one's actions and thoughts absolutely correct? Why or why not?

Part 3) What truth, if any, do Anselm's writings provide?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

God is perfectly just, yet He forgives sinners and has mercy on them.

Part 1) How does Anselm prove that God is perfectly just? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Anselm see a contradiction between being just and showing mercy? What does this reveal about him and his culture?

Part 3) How might this contradiction in God compare to gods of other cultures? How does this support Anselm's love of God?

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