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. Chapter two has Boso argue that while belief by faith must ___________ belief due to reason, faith should still seek understanding.

2. What compels God to complete His original plan?

3. Christ is limited in power and knowledge in His human nature, as we are, but why is He not miserable?

4. Chapter nine emphasizes that only who within the Trinity can take on the nature of man?

5. Why must the Island have this property?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what have Christians been ridiculed? What is Anselm's response to this?

2. How will souls be rewarded?

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

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

5. What does Gaunilo submit?

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

7. Why must humans be saved?

8. What do Chapters 3 through 8 discuss?

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

10. What is the rational mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm represents his argument in dialogue form.

Part 1) Describe this dialogue. Why might he choose to use dialogue form? Why has he not used it in his other writings?

Part 2) How effective is this dialogue? Explain. How does it support his other writings?

Part 3) What else, besides the dialogue form, is unique to this writing? Why?

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